Yoga practice means building a “personal practice” or performing sadhana (sadhana-bhakti). In all other yoga paths, sadhana is the means to an end, but on the path of Bhakti the means becomes the end. As our natural spiritual love is awakened, our service to the Supreme Person becomes an experience of unlimited and ecstatic joy which continues eternally.
In this age / time the central or foundational practice for enlightenment is the hearing and reciting or singing of transcendental sound – mantra – or names of God/Bhagavan.
And of all forms of chanting these sacred sounds, Kirtan is the best means. Sankirtan – group or congregational chanting, is the most effective and efficient means to bring internal purification and full enlightenment.
The essence of Bhakti is developing a mood of humility and of service to God and to others which is the foundation of a sadhaka’s daily life.
If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit a water, I will accept it. O son of Kunti, all that you do, all that you eat, all that you offer and give away, as well as all austerities that you may perform, should be done as an offering unto Me. – Bhagavad-gita 9.26-27
To those who are constantly devoted and worship Me with love, I give the understanding by which they can come to Me. – Bhagavad-gita 10.10
Being freed from attachment, fear and anger, being fully absorbed in Me and taking refuge in Me, many, many persons in the past became purified by knowledge of Me-and thus they all attained transcendental love for Me. – Bhagavad-gita 4.10
A person is said to be still further advanced when he regards all—the honest well-wisher, friends and enemies, the envious, the pious, the sinner and those who are indifferent and impartial-with an equal mind. – Bhagavad-gita 6.9
He is a perfect yogi who, by comparison to his own self, sees the true equality of all beings, both in their happiness and distress, O Arjuna! – Bhagavad-gita 6.32
Always think of Me and become My devotee. Worship Me and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this because you are My very dear friend. – Bhagavad-gita 18.65
Abandon all varieties of dharma (religion) and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reaction. Do not fear. – Bhagavad-gita 18.66
A person who accepts the path of devotional service is not bereft of the results derived from studying the Vedas, performing austere sacrifices, giving charity or pursuing philosophical and fruitive activities. At the end he reaches the supreme abode. – Bhagavad-gita 8.28
He who follows this imperishable path of devotional service and who completely engages himself with faith, making Me the supreme goal, is very, very dear to Me. – Bhagavad-gita 12.20
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