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Bhakti Yoga is a Hindu spiritual practice. People constantly pray to, and think about, a form of a Hindu god, usually Vishnu.
Bhakti is a Sanskrit term. It signifies an attitude of devotion to God. The relation between man and God is imagined as a beloved-lover, friend-friend, parent-child, and master-servant. The Bhakta worships his chosen God by any of these mentalities.
The Bhagavata Purana teaches nine primary forms of bhakti. They are:
- śravaṇa ("listening" to the scriptural stories of Kṛṣṇa and his companions)
- kīrtana ("praising," usually refers to ecstatic group singing)
- smaraṇa ("remembering" or fixing the mind on Viṣṇu)
- pāda-sevana (giving service)
- arcana (worshiping an image)
- vandana (paying homage)
- dāsya (behaving like a servant)
- sākhya (friendship)
- ātma-nivedana(complete surrender of the self)