The Perfect Meditation

‘The ideal yogi concentrates his attention on Krsna, who is called Syamasundara, who is as beautifully coloured as a cloud, whose lotuslike face is as effulgent as the sun, whose dress is brilliant with jewels and whose body is flower-garlanded. Illuminating all sides is His gorgeous luster, which is called the brahmajyoti. He incarnates in different forms such as Rama, Nrsimha, Varaha and Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and He descends like a human being, as the son of mother Yasoda, and He is known as Krsna, Govinda and Vasudeva. He is the perfect child, husband, friend and master, and He is full with all opulences and transcendental qualities. If one remains fully conscious of these features of the Lord, he is called the highest yogi‘.

(A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 6.47 purport)

The Yoga Ladder

‘The whole spiritual process is technically called yoga or linking with the Supreme.  It is something like a long staircase, and the upward steps are variously designated as regulated work, transcendental knowledge, mystic power, and ultimately bhakti-yoga, or devotional service.  Bhakti-yoga is pure and unalloyed, being entirely beyond all the preliminary steps.  Such unalloyed devotional service in favour of the Supreme Lord was displayed in Vrindavana when the Lord descended there, and thus the yoga exhibitted by the gopis of Vrindavana is the highest unalloyed love of Godhead, the perfection of bhakti-yoga.  To rise to the stage of love shown by the gopis is very difficult, but this stage is attainable for serious conditioned souls’

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada – Light Of The Bhagavata p.81