There are many paths, and we all are free to chose the path(s) that makes us happy, after all it leads to the same place (or at-least closer to it).
Past week I happen to go meet/hug "Hugging Saint" (Amma) in Washington DC, I would say it was a fruitful adventure. Few of my friends had invited me to the event, reached the venue at around 5PM and stood in line to get a Token for hugging. I had heard about here while I was studying in India, but I cam to this event without any expectation, just to observe and enjoy the moment.
The night started with Amma's (Hugging Saint) entrance and few chanting and small religious formalities. Growing up in this culture I was nonchalant about the whole proceedings so far. After which she gave the speech, which was repeated by the translator in English. Over-all the message was good, it dealt with moral living and loving everybody. After which we mediated for few min and then she started the Hugging Process. (at around 9ish in the night).
I switched my token with one of my friend as she had to leave early, so when my turn came it was already past midnight. I could see people crying (including one of my friend), getting hysterical, lots of emotions were flowing. When my turn came, I went hugged her, she told me "my darling, my darling, my darling......." and that's it. It was done :) I know I was not expecting to be enlightened by a hug nor was I expecting any super natural miracle.
There were lots of booths out there to shop, so I shopped for few plants (holy Basil to grow in my apartment) and few Khadi Kurta (hand-loomed cotton shirt and trouser), and in my mind I was thinking. " ummmm 21st century's spiritual preaching, what would Buddha or Jesus would have done if they would have seen this mixing of marketing and spirituality."
May be a month back, I stopped going to the "Spiritual Philosophical discussion" group as I realize there was no point for me to go discuss philosophy and gain intellectual wisdom. As I already knew what I need to practice to proceed in the path and mere philosophical discussion was wasting my time, plus all the knowledge/Wisdom comes from within in our meditation anyway.
In the same manner, I know "Devotional Path/ Bhakti Yog" is definitely not my path either, the Singing of devotional songs (Kirtan) and Humanizing, Idolizing the Supreme and what not, at-least I see that as a madness :), well that is the reason why I don't practice that.
For me, I'll stick to my Lab, LAB being my BODY and the experiment being the Experiential experience/wisdom that I get while mediating/practicing QiKung or doing Yog. I love feeling, I love experiencing and I love the Voidness within and the journey continues.......