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Bhakti Yoga

In Hinduism, Bhakti yoga is the term for the yoga of devotion, first popularised in the Bhagavad Gita. The way of union with God based on worship, prayer, chanting, singing, or other forms of the aspiration for and remembrance of the Divine, with the aim of awakening love of the Divine and opening oneself to God's grace, through which salvation (Liberation) is attained. It has been taught by many Indian saints, including Chaitanya and Ramakrishna.

Bhakti yoga is one of the three traditional Yogas mentioned in the Gita, which form the basis of Sri Aurobindo's Synthesis of Yoga; and one of the four primary yogas described by Vivekananda.

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It could be said that spiritual parctice in much of Sufism, Christian Mysticism, and Hassidism is basically Bhakti yoga (although with varying degrees of insight or jnana as well)





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