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ebe śuna bhakti-phala 'prema'-prayojana
yāhāra śravaṇe haya bhakti-rasa-jñāna

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu continued, "Now hear, O Sanātana, about the result of devotional service, which is love of Godhead, life's ultimate goal. One who hears this description will be enlightened in the transcendental mellows of devotional service.
(Sri Caitanya Caritamrta).

kṛṣṇe rati gāḍha haile 'prema'-abhidhāna
kṛṣṇa-bhakti-rasera ei 'sthāyi-bhāva'-nāma

When affection for Kṛṣṇa becomes deeper, one attains love of Godhead in devotional service. Such a position is called sthāyi-bhāva, permanent enjoyment of the mellows of devotional service to Kṛṣṇa. (Sri Caitanya Caritamrta).

rucibhiś citta-masṛṇya-
kṛd asau bhāva ucyate

When devotional service is executed on the transcendental platform of pure goodness, it is like a sun-ray of love for Kṛṣṇa. At such a time, devotional service causes the heart to be softened by various tastes, and one is then situated in bhāva (emotion).
(Sri Caitanya Caritamrta).

e dui, — bhāvera 'svarūpa', 'taṭastha' lakṣaṇa
premera lakṣaṇa ebe śuna, sanātana

Bhāva (emotion) has two different symptoms — constitutional and marginal. Now, My dear Sanātana, listen to the symptoms of love.
(Sri Caitanya Caritamrta).

bhāvaḥ sa eva sāndrātmā
budhaiḥ premā nigadyate

When that bhāva softens the heart completely, becomes endowed with a great feeling of possessiveness in relation to the Lord and becomes very much condensed and intensified, it is called prema (love of Godhead) by learned scholars. (Sri Caitanya Caritamrta).

ananya-mamatā viṣṇau
mamatā prema-sańgatā
bhaktir ity ucyate bhīṣma-

When one develops an unflinching sense of ownership or possessiveness in relation to Lord Viṣṇu, or, in other words, when one thinks Viṣṇu and no one else to be the only object of love, such an awakening is called bhakti (devotion) by exalted persons like Bhīṣma, Prahlāda, Uddhava and Nārada. (Sri Caitanya Caritamrta).

kona bhāgye kona jīvera 'śraddhā' yadi haya
tabe sei jīva 'sādhu-sańga' ye karaya

If, by good fortune, a living entity develops faith in Kṛṣṇa, he begins to associate with devotees.
(Sri Caitanya Caritamrta).

sādhu-sańga haite haya 'śravaṇa-kīrtana'
sādhana-bhaktye haya 'sarvānartha-nivartana'

When one is encouraged in devotional service by the association of devotees, one becomes free from all unwanted contamination by following the regulative principles and chanting and hearing. (Sri Caitanya Caritamrta).

anartha-nivṛtti haile bhaktye 'niṣṭhā' haya
niṣṭhā haite śravaṇādye 'ruci' upajaya

When one is freed from all unwanted contamination, he advances with firm faith. When firm faith in devotional service awakens, a taste for hearing and chanting also awakens. (Sri Caitanya Caritamrta).

ruci haite bhaktye haya 'āsakti' pracura
āsakti haite citte janme kṛṣṇe prīty-ańkura

After taste is awakened, a deep attachment arises, and from that attachment the seed of love for Kṛṣṇa grows in the heart.
(Sri Caitanya Caritamrta).

sei 'bhāva' gāḍha haile dhare 'prema'-nāma
sei premā 'prayojana' sarvānanda-dhāma

When that ecstatic emotional stage intensifies, it is called love of Godhead. Such love is life's ultimate goal and the reservoir of all pleasure.
(Sri Caitanya Caritamrta).

Devotional life is divided into two stages — sādhana-bhakti and bhāva-bhakti.
Sādhana-bhakti refers to the development of devotional service through
the regulative principles. The basic principle for the execution of devotional
service is faith. Above that, there is association with devotees, and after that
there is initiation by a bona fide spiritual master. After initiation, when one
follows the regulative principles of devotional service, one becomes freed
from all unwanted things. In this way one becomes firmly fixed and gradually
develops a taste for devotional service. The more the taste grows, the more
one desires to render service to the Lord. In this way one becomes attached
to a particular mellow in the Lord's service — śānta, dāsya, sakhya, vātsalya
or madhura. As a result of such attachment, bhāva develops. Bhāva-bhakti is
the platform of purified goodness. By such purified goodness, one's heart
melts in devotional service.Bhāva-bhakti is the first seed of love of Godhead.
This emotional stage is there before one attains pure love. When that emotional
stage intensifies, it is called prema-bhakti, or transcendental love of Godhead.
(Sri Caitanya Caritamrta).

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