What Is Bhakti Yoga?

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Bhakti yoga (also known as Krishna Consciousness) has been variously called cosmic or expanded consciousness. In part, it is the moment to moment awareness that man is a segment of the creation which is the external Song of God; that this creation emanates from, is sustained by and rests in “the One without a second”, or “Krishna”.

It is also partly the constant awareness of the Divine dwelling in all things – in the insects and the animals, in the earth, in buildings, cars, machinery and in men, women, children and in the sun, moon and boundless universe.

It is the state of unrivalled happiness of being in union with the Divine in all fields of activities – be they work or play, youth or old age, cooking, singing, socialising or studying.

Bhakti yoga reveals to us that the creation is not chaos, as this desperate and atheistical age would teach us, but it is an expression of order and plan: that, as the planets orbit in orderly procession about the sun and the sun moves in perfect motion within the galaxy which in turn follows its path down the open road of space, so too, man, by God’s grace and willing co-operation, makes his way back home, back to Godhead.

This Godhead has been called innumerable names throughout history – in the West: the Lord, The Christ, Jehovah, the Father, God, the Light, the Divine. In the East: the Buddha, the Tao, Brahman, Rama & Krishna to name but a few.

In the Sanskrit epic Bhagavad Gita (song of God) the Absolute Truth appears in the perfect form of Lord Krishna and gives direction to His friend Arjuna, a soldier about to engage in battle, on how man can attain salvation, disentangle himself from “samsara” (the endless wheel of suffering, old age, disease and death) and unite with Krishna, who is the embodiment of Eternity, Knowledge and Bliss.

More valuable than we are able to imagine, this human life is intended to be directed towards this end – spiritual realisation and union with God – otherwise it is wasted in the futile rat race, chasing material gain which can at best give only momentary and imperfect pleasure.

Krishna’s message is for those of us caught in the illusion of matter: “The Lord lives in the heart of every creature. He turns them around and around upon the wheel of His Maya (illusion). Take refuge utterly in Him. By His grace you will find supreme peace, and the state which is beyond all changes.”

Part of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness: Founder-Acarya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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