Bhakti Yoga is prema (love) with saranagati (surrender). In Bhakti, we surrender ourselves totally, not only at the body level, but mentally, emotionally and intellectually; we surrender in totality. When there is surrender, our love gets purified. We may surrender to a god, goddess or our chosen spiritual ideal i.e. sadguru in Bhakti Yoga. By surrendering we surrender our obsessions, we lose our individuality and we expand in our consciousness to be one with supreme consciousness.
The Nava-vidha Bhakti or nine forms of Bhakti as described in Shri Sai Satcharita are:
1. Shravan (hearing)
2. Kirtan (praying)
3. Smaran (remembering)
4. Padasevan (resorting to the feet)
5. Archan (worship)
6. Namaskar (bowing)
7. Dasya (service)
8. Sakhyam (friendship)
9. Atmanivedan (surrender of the self)
All the Sadhanas, viz. Japa (vocal worship), Tapa (penance), Yoga practice and studying the scriptures and expounding them are quite useless, unless they are accompanied by Bhakti.
Ananta Koti Brahmanda Nayaka Rajadhiraja Yogiraja Parabrahma
Shri Satchidananda Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jaya.
Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda
Shirdi Sai devotee
Yoga Practitioner, Dhrti Yoga