Some people find it easy to meditate when their practice has a religious aspect. Here is a complete guide on how to meditate while also chanting hymns and mantras based on your religion.
Bhakti yoga helps to give your yoga practice a unique dimension. It is the yoga of devotion that helps you stay aware of the modern world and yet positive. The Sanskrit word ‘bhakti’ means to adore or worship God. It is also a path to self-realization. It helps you develop a personal relationship with God. In this path, one learns to surrender one’s thoughts, concentrations and emotions on the Divine. There are many events and festivals conducted across America and other countries for Bhakti yoga. It is like a celebration with devotional music.
Today, many western yogis do not necessarily worship any particular Hindu ‘God’ or ‘Deity’. They believe in worshipping the Divine being, the Beloved, the Spirit or the Supreme Source. Everyone can have a different notion of their God and they can worship them. Initially, Americans looked upon yoga only as a fitness exercise. But now, they realize its importance in love and devotion too.
How To Perform Bhakti Yoga?
Bhakti yoga is one of the six systems of yoga. The others are hatha yoga, jnana yoga, karma yoga, kriya yoga and raja yoga. The practitioners of bhakti yoga are known as bhaktas or loving devotes. They express their devotion through religious hymns, chants, keertans or songs. The main purpose of bhakti yoga is to develop feelings of unconditional love for the Divine. According to what is explained in Bhagavat Purana, bhakti yoga is practiced in the following ways:
Hearing stories about God, chanting the names and listening to ancient holy scriptures.
Glorifying and praising God
Reflecting on the ideologies and views expressed by God and listening to the traits of God.
Performing physical services for the needy in the name of God.
Praying to the Divine
Preaching those who want information about God
Creating an inter-personal relationship with God
Surrendering your life, sorrows, actions and thoughts to God.
The bhaktas generally devoted their entire life to Bhakti yoga. Their ultimate goal is to achieve pure love from God.
Mantras help to heal your mind. Repeating mantras several times gets you in a more aware state. When you only concentrate on repeating your mantras, you will find that your mind gets free of other worries and thoughts. The more you repeat these mantras, the more you start believing in them.
How to Perform Mantra Meditation?
This mantra means – ‘My true nature is joy and love’. Repeating this mantra eventually makes you feel that you are full of love and joy. You start feeling more confident and can easily let go of insecurity and anxiety. This mantra eventually makes you more optimistic.
This mantra means – ‘I am wholeness’. As you repeat this mantra every day, you will realize that you can let go of materialistic things very easily. You will feel that you do not need these things to feel happy. You can be happy all by yourself.
This mantra means – ‘I am love’. When you start seeing yourself from this perspective, you will be able to give more love to others. You will also love yourself more. This mantra also helps you forget unpleasant situations easily from your life.