Development of Bhava

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura:

If love for Krsna in a seedling state has fructified in one’s heart – one is not agitated by material things. Not a moment should be lost. Every moment should be utilized for Krsna or connected with Him. In the material field, people are interested in material enjoyment, mystic power and sense gratification. However, these things do not appeal to the devotee at all. Although a pure devotee’s standard is above all, he still considers himself to be in the lowest stage of life. A fully surrendered devotee always hopes that Lord Krsna will be kind to him. This hope is very firm in him. This eagerness is chiefly characterized by an ardent desire to attain the mercy of the Lord.

Due to having great relish for the Holy Name, one is inclined to chant the Hare Krsna maha-mantra constantly. At this stage of bhava, a devotee has awakened the tendency to chant and describe the transcendental qualities of the Lord. He has attachment for this process. A devotee absorbed in ecstatic emotion for Krsna always has affection for residing in a place where Krsna’s pastimes were performed. These are the symptoms of a person who has developed bhava (attraction) for Krsna.


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