11. Bhakti yoga or the path of devotion
We all have emotions, in various forms and flavors. It could appear as love, it could appear as hatred, it could be stressful or pleasant. Bhakti yoga works by giving a higher direction to these emotions. It is a path of loving devotion toward a supreme being. You can call that god or the universe. It is your choice.
Most religions in the world follow this path.
Since it is difficult to offer devotion to the universe as a whole, certain symbols and images are used for worshipping. The early devotional practice typically involves worshipping a personal god, specific rituals and mythology. But it is important to understand that true bhakti yoga goes beyond them to the ultimate goal of liberation.
Since all religions eventually lead to the same goal, a devotee should not hate or criticize other religions.
On the other hand one needs to sincerely follow one path and not continuously shift from one to the other. No real progress will come otherwise.
Although the path of devotion is easy and very natural for human beings, numerous superstitions and horrific fanaticism rotate around its early form. This is mostly because people take the superficial aspects of it too seriously and forget that it is just a tool to attain liberation.
Thus, bhakti yoga should be practiced carefully, always keeping its purpose in mind.