They asked me: “What sadhana (discipline) would you recommend for spiritual life?”
I answered: “In the Gita, Sri Krishna tells us of Karma-yoga, Gnana-yoga and Bhakti-yoga. Every yoga points out to a sadhana or a spiritual discipline. We live, today, in what is called Kaliyua. Today, man’s life is not long. We read in the shastras (scriptures) that, in the early ages, people lived for many, many years. Today so very, very few attain to the age of a hundred years. Most of them pass away, when they reach sixty. Many die even earlier.
In this age, therefore, we need a simpler form of sadhana. And further, in this age, we have so much to do, so many hours to work in order to earn our daily bread. So little time is left to us for meditation on God. Therefore, too, a simpler form of spiritual discipline is needed for the present yuga.
The simplest and the easiest discipline is given us in bhakti-yoga. Bhakti is our need, today.
What is bhakti? Bhakti is love; devotion and self-surrender. The man who does his work and who serves others—the poor and the needy—in unselfishness in love for God and man, surrendering himself to the guru and God, is the man who practices bhakti-yoga.