What is the difference between Dhyana and Bhakti?

Q: What is the difference between Dhyana and Bhakti?

A: Hare Krishna! Thank you for your question. Dhyana or meditation is just one way to practice bhakti, devotional service, to the Lord.

Hearing about Vishnu (or His incarnations), chanting about Them, remembering Them (dhyana), offering prayers, worshipping, etc. are 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.