Bhakti Yoga, the Yoga of Love, is for the passionate type of person (4 Yogas Main).
The process is:
- Adopt God as an object of obsessive love.
- Connect to God using every form of love: parent-child, friend, lover.
- Adopt a specific manifestation of God — in Hinduism, a particular diety — as your primary image and symbol of God. Make all others secondary.
The Hare Krishnas are the most well-known for Bhakti Yoga. Their group worship consists of singing and dancing. The musician sings a round of the chant, which is in Sanskrit (the sacred language of India — think of Latin in Europe), and the congregation repeats it.
Typically this begins with the congregation half-singing, half mumbling the chant — just like Christians singing hymns in church — but they get more and more into it, more and more worked up, like teenagers at a pep rally.
Individual worship may consist of chanting, reading the Bhagavad-Gita, saying rosaries, or so forth.
The purpose of all this is to get the person worked up and emotionally involved with the diety. The Hare Krishnas have the goal of so fixating on their desire to be with God that they are totally focused on this at the time of their death. The name of this mental state is “Krishna consciousness” and the effect is to ensure that they go to Krishna in the after-life.
Hindus often regard Christianity as a kind of Bhakti yoga. Christ said that the most important commandment is to love God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your being. He also said that the second commandment, which is like the first, is to love humanity in the same way. More