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CC Madhya 19.166

Text

‘śuddha-bhakti’ haite haya ‘premā’ utpanna
ataeva śuddha-bhaktira kahiye ‘lakṣaṇa’

Synonyms

śuddha-bhakti — pure devotional service without material contaminations; haite — from; haya — is; premā — love of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; utpanna — produced; ataeva — therefore; śuddha-bhaktira — of pure devotional service; kahiye — let me explain; lakṣaṇa — the symptoms.

Translation

“When one is situated in pure devotional service, he develops love of Godhead; therefore let me describe some of the symptoms of pure devotional service.

Purport

In the Bhagavad-gītā (18.55) it is said, bhaktyā mām abhijānāti yāvān yaś cāsmi tattvataḥ. One cannot understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead in truth unless he takes to devotional service.