Last Updated: March 6, 2019

Definition - What does Bhakti-marga mean?

Bhakti-marga is a Sanskrit term that mean the “path of devotion.” It is also called bhakti yoga. It describes one of the paths that leads to liberation and freedom from the cycle of life, death and reincarnation in Hindu philosophy. Bhakti means “love,” “devotion,” or “faithfulness.” Marga means “passage,” “path” or “route.”

In the Hindu text the Bhagavad Gita, bhakti-marga is one of three spiritual paths discussed in depth, the others being jnana-marga (path of knowledge) and karma-marga (path of action).

Yogapedia explains Bhakti-marga

In bhakti-marga, the yogi develops a loving, devoted relationship with a personal god in whatever form that takes – a form or formless god. Traditionally, bhakti-marga is devotion to a guru or deity.

In the practice of bhakti-marga, the yogi devotes all of his energy – his senses, mind and emotions – in an effort to become one with divine love or the Ultimate Reality. This oneness, or union, is the goal of yoga.

Bhakti Marga is the name of an organization founded by Paramahamsa Vishwananda to promote the bhakti path and support yogis on their loving journey.

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