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Bhakti Yoga: The Yoga of Devotion

an introduction for Christians

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“With gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.” Colossians 3:16

Yoga means to yoke up or join with the higher consciousness of Love. For Christians, this Love is Christ. Bhakti yoga is the path of yoking to Christ through devotion. Every word spoken and deed done are opportunities to adore God in Christ. Every thought entertained is a chance to praise and pray.

The world changes compassionately when seen through the devoted eyes of Love. When the eyes are healthy, the body is fully illuminated with the Light of Christ. The pure in heart see Christ everywhere.

In the first moment of awakening, the bhakti disciple of Christ smiles in acknowledgment of the gift of a new day and fresh mercies. Making the bed becomes an offering to Christ in their loved one who shares their bed or Christ within, if they sleep alone. Drinking the morning beverage in quiet and solitude, with scripture and pen, facilitates a conversation with the Advocate, their Counselor and Teacher. Stepping onto the mat honors the embodiment of Christ in their holy temple.

The bhakti devotee of Christ uses the mind for prayer, the mouth for praise, the eyes for worship, and the hands for service. In times of sadness, the bhakti weeps in the arms of Christ and takes solace in Christ’s comfort. In times of need, the bhakti makes known their requests in simple trust and thanksgiving.

No path to yoga with Christ is more straightforward. With a child-like heart, the bhakti gives one-pointed focus to their Beloved in the face of each person they encounter, in the beauty of every flower, in the majesty of all the animals, and within the adversity they endure. The pure joy of knowing Christ through tribulation and triumph produces a steadfast faith and maturity that yields the peace which passes all understanding.

Although scripture affirms it and the lives of ordinary bhaktis testify to it, the fruit of the path of devotion is evident and abundant when you choose to live it.

May the peace of God guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Namaste (Christ in me greets Christ in you)

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