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Differences between meditation and bhakti

Question: 
What is the difference between Dhyana (meditational yoga) and Bhakti-yoga?


Our Answer:

Dhyana, meditation, is just one way to practice bhakti, devotional service to the Supreme Person.

Hearing about Vishnu (or His incarnations), chanting about Them, remembering Them (dhyana), offering prayers, worshipping, etc. are all different practices of bhakti, devotional service.

Meditation on the Lord is one way; however, in this age of Kali, the chanting of the holy name is considered to be a much better alternative.

In the Bhagavad-gita, Krishna explains to Arjuna the whole process of meditation, especially in the sixth chapter. He concludes the chapter by saying that of all yogis, the one who is always thinking of Krishna and worshiping Him with great faith is the highest of all. The most direct and practical means of thinking of Krishna in the current day and age is to chant Hare Krishna.