The Sanatana Dharma or eternal religion, as already
mentioned, holds that ultimately each individual must have his or
her own religion. We should each create our own Gods and scriptures.
Ultimately the entire universe is our creation. Each one of us is
entitled to worship the Divine in whatever form our heart seeks. Let
be a stone, a tree, a cloud or let be Christ or Krishna, male or
female, the most noble ideal or great concept, that is not the
issue. What is important is that we really give our hearts to the
Divine. The form is an aid and a catalyst and in the end must be
dissolved into the universal Godhead.
Bhakti Yoga is often related to Karma
Yoga as it usually involves either service to the Divine or service
to humanity. While devotion is the proper attitude of the soul
towards the Divine, compassion is the proper attitude of the Divine
and the awakened soul towards the rest of creation. True compassion
is a Divine quality and can only come from an inner connection with
the Divine. It is not to be confused with pity that looks down on
others. It is a force of unity which respects the Divine power and
intelligence in each and seeks to aid in its unfoldment. Christianity
itself is primarily a teaching of the Yoga of devotion. All the
practices of the Yoga of devotion can be adapted to Christ, the
Madonna or to the various saints of the Christian tradition.