Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Karma, Yoga or Jnana mãrga take many births to attain Bhagavãn. But, through Bhakti mãrga one can attain Bhagavãn very easily. What is the 'pramãna' (evidence) for this? None less than Bhagavãn. Bhagavãn Himself says so.
In the Gita, Bhagavãn tells Arjuna who desires to become a Yogi, 'aneka janma samsiddhih!' Through the practice of Yoga you can attain to Me but only after many births.
Bhagavãn then goes on to speak of Jnana mãrga and explains to Arjuna, 'Bahoonam janmanãm ante' only after many births can you attain to Me in this path.
But, while speaking on Bhakti mãrga, Bhagavãn tells Arjuna, 'na chirãt' - it will not take long. You can attain to Me now, in this very janma.