Yog is a rigorous sadhna – it is a constant practice, nirantar abhyas, and if your sankalp breaks, that is, there is a break in your practice, you have to start all over again. There are many things that one needs to be careful of – the ego needs to be kept in check, detachment has to be maintained from the physical attractions, one-pointed focus on ek tattva, stillness of thoughts, etc. The various kinds of yog cater to different kinds of people with different kinds of desires. A beginner comes with lots of desires, and for him there is Gyan Yog. Other forms of yog like Hath Yog and practices like Sanatan Kriya are for those who can make a Guru and also have desires. Within the various forms of yog, the most difficult is Bhakti Yog. There is no yog above Bhakti Yog because it is nishkam and poorna, and this is the yog for adept. There was only one Meera, who was completely immersed in the bhakti of her Guru, her isht, Krishna.
In Bhakti Yog, there is complete surrender to the Guru and there is no scope of ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’. A Guru could be a book or a stone or human being or anything else in which you have 100% confidence and through which, that energy is channelized into you. If the Guru is a human being, then since he/she is in the body, there has to be something lacking in him/her, because if nothing is lacking, he/she cannot stay in the body. The problem in Bhakti Yog is that when you make a human being your Guru, you see his/her weakness/demerit first and when you see that, the bhaav of complete surrender cannot come because a thought stays in the mind. At that time, most sadhaks discount their experiences and undermine them and give predominance to physical aspects of the Guru, which is a gateway to hell.
Whenever you think of your Guru as physical – book, stone or human – you end up interpreting it in your own way. And since it is your interpretation, and not of the Guru, and you yourself are full of so many lacunae, you see your own weaknesses in your Guru because the Guru is like a mirror for the shishya. And once you see that weakness, you start doubting the Guru, and Bhakti Yog is so dangerous that if even once there is the slightest of doubt in your mind, it is considered as disrespect of Guru (Guru Niradar) and years of sadhna go into waste. Guru Niradar also happens when you have a Guru but you go somewhere else looking for solutions to your various problems. A Guru is not as per your convenience – that today this is convenient so you are here and tomorrow some other place is more convenient so you go there. This does not happen in any yog, leave aside Bhakti Yog. If you consider someone as Guru and he asks you do something, but you start looking elsewhere that ‘let us try that instead’ then it is deemed as Guru Niradar. When you have a Guru and you have asked for or said anything, then that will happen. If it does not happen then either something is lacking in your Guru or something is lacking in your Guru bhaav. If it is the latter, then go inside you and trace what is lacking.
Bhakti Yog is so powerful that if you are in Bhakti Yog, it is impossible that something that you wish for, say or try to do does not happen, gets stuck or goes the opposite way. It is just not possible and I can say this with 100% conviction. But it is also the most difficult of all yog. Just go back in history and see who all were in Bhakti Yog – Meera, Hanuman, Prahlad, Draupadi, Meghnath, Shravan Kumar, Paanch Pyaare of Guru Gobind Singh…Now compare yourself to these, can you? Even one wrong step, and the yog of many – many years together comes to a point zero. It is a very big thing, you do not understand it but I know what that means. In Hath Yog, there is forgiveness and you can come back but in Bhakti Yog there is none.
There are misconceptions about yog, that being in yog means doing nothing, that ‘we have bhakti, so automatically everything will happen.’ It does not happen like that. When you have bhakti, then you do not see anything except the sadhya, your whole mind is focussed on it only, not here and there. Bhakti Yog does not mean you are given instructions, in Bhakti Yog you are merged in that ek tattva completely and your bhaav is selfless.