Bhakti means uninterrupted, unremitting and perennial flow of unalloyed love, devotion and adoration for one’s chosen Ideal (Ishtam) (The GODHEAD).
Yoga means the communion of the microcosm (atma/soul) with the macrocosm (Paramatma/supreme soul) divine consciousness or simply the commingling of Atma with Paramatma. Bhakti yoga connotes the path of deep, intense and extreme love devotion and adoration for any definite SAGUNA form of one’s chosen Ideal/Godhead.
There are multifarious and variegated ways of reaching the ultimate reality. Karma Yoga, jnana Yoga, Raj Yoga and Bhakti Yoga are four cardinal modes of self actualization/self realization.
Bhakti Yoga is hailed as the easiest and best way to reach the absolute reality/ Providence. It requires complete surrendering of one’s own self at the altar of one’s chosen, Ideal/Ishtam. The five cardinal enemies of one’s self viz anger, delusion, envy, pride and lust have to be relinquished in to for suffusing oneself with the emotions of love, devotion and adoration.
Bhakti Yoga is the acme/apotheosis of intense love and sublimity. As the crystals of sugar get dissolved in water and lose its identity completely so is the Bhakta who completely gives up his pride, ego, hatred, ill will and self identity for one’s chosen ideal.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Kabir, Meera, Tulsidas, Raidas, Valmiki, Surdas, Narada and Shandilya are some of the pioneers and trailblazers of Bhakti Yoga.
They all were completely overwhelmed and suffused all over by the intense yearning, deep love, absolute devotion and consummate adoration for their chosen ideal/Ishtam/Godhead.
Love is the most noble and sublime of all virtues. A man sans love is akin to a fish sans water, a bird sans feathers and a plant sans flowers.
Bhakti yoga is the easiest, sublime and perhaps the best way of realizing one’s true self for commingling with the divinity while living in this perishable and mortal world.