Bhakti mysticism is the the Yoga of Love and Light. It’s a spiritual path or practice that leads to enlightenment. Yoga means union, the union of ones consciousness with reality. It is to liberate oneself from the illusion of self and to the reality of cosmic awareness. There are four principle pathways in yoga.
- The yoga of Love: Bhakti yoga.
- The yoga of Light or Power: Raja yoga, also called Mysticism.
- The yoga of Selfless Giving, Action or Service: Karma yoga.
- The yoga of Self Knowledge or Discrimination as to what is the reality of Self: Jnana yoga.
Bhakti mysticism centers on love as a pathway to enlightenment, but takes love to the level of light, embodying love to such a degree that is manifests as visible light, which is the visual manifestation of love. Ultimately all the yogas converge in love, light, perfect action, and knowledge, but the paths to these states are distinct.
(As a side note, Physical yoga was designed to empower one’s ability to meditate for extended periods of time and originally intended as a supportive practice to the primary interest and purpose of yoga: Union with God.)
Bhakti yoga usually includes a great deal of tradition that is not central to the core elements of the practice that lead to greater consciousness. We seek to provide an efficient and reliable way to become enlightened through love, one that is applicable to people who love the path of love and may not seek the traditional aspects, like Kirtan, which are beautiful but not essential. Therefore, our version of Bhakti yoga is distilled of tradition and the core elements and principles of love are emphasized. It is also adapted for our society, which is modern, technological, English speaking and a part of a capitalistic society that’s largely non-spiritual. Rather than emphasizing Sanskrit words that are not required for comprehension, we use English words where applicable, and Sanskrit words when there are not proper English counterparts.
Bhakti Mysticism is also adapted for advanced spiritual seeker living and working in a western capitalistic society, who need to support themselves, be true to themselves and thrive without the spiritual understanding and support of a culture like that of ancient India, Japan, or China. Our version of spirituality promotes and teaches a seamless integration of career and spiritual practice that is as spiritually potent as monastic life but applicable to individuals with worldly ties, families, and aspirations.
We emphasize personal experience and do away with scriptural memorization, which promotes authority and dogma. The personal direct perception of spiritual concepts is what matters and not the memorization of what someone else said, no matter how conscious they may have been.