This post of mine was originally a response in this thread but I felt it prudent to move my reply as it may have been construed as off topic therein.
gerry456 wrote:In that case I would propose that bkakti-yog is intensified or more effective when we have good grounding in hatha yoga or at least when we are more able to detach from the components from consciousness.
Experience in hatha yoga is not necessary. The aspirant needs to build up their love of the divine to the point where the ego can not compete, it is pushed ever to the side, for when this love, being continuous, consumes one's thoughts, one's very being, such a one may then attain by Devotion. In the beginning it is very difficult to even remember that you're supposed to be devoted to something. That is why creating simple rituals to perform throughout the day [hint, hint, Liber CC <eg>, hint, hint] can be extremely beneficial. I have found that likhita japa or written mantra is a fantastic way to instill steady mindfulness of your object of worship. Simply create a mantra or use the name you have for your focus of adoration and write it down on paper, chanting it out loud or mentally as you do so. You do this for either a predetermined amount of time or a set number of sheets of paper. Two sheets worth of doing this, roughly 30 mins., is pretty powerful stuff in this regard (the time period and/or number of sheets work like mala beads). Just be sure to keep your attention to where your pen is at on the paper and concentrate on the meaning of what you are writing as you chant, no looking around or watching the clock. To quote the Beatles: "the love you take is equal to the love you make"--or something like that. The raja yoga techniques of pratyahara and dharana are also invaluable tools for building up the requisite devotion in the beginning as they allow you to focus on thinking of the divine while engaged in other tasks, such as shopping, the job, spending time watching a boring movie with the woman, etc.. You really want to get that drilled in to your mind to think of the divine as often as possible: every waking moment of the day is the bare minimum. The adoration and emotion and renunciation of self (i.e. ego) and all of that jazz will come later, developing constant mindfulness is the first major hurdle. The funny thing about Vivekananda's book "Bhakti Yoga" is that I found it TONS more helpful in making headway in jnana yoga rather than bhakti...
Love is the law, love under will.