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CC Madhya 24.30

Text

‘bhakti’-śabdera artha haya daśa-vidhākāra
eka — ‘sādhana’, ‘prema-bhakti’ — nava prakāra

Synonyms

bhakti-śabdera — of the word bhakti; artha — meanings; haya — are; daśa-vidha-ākāra — ten varieties; eka — one; sādhana — the execution of regulative devotional service; prema-bhakti — ecstatic love of Godhead; nava prakāra — nine kinds.

Translation

“There are ten meanings for the word ‘bhakti’ [‘devotional service’]. One is sādhana-bhakti, execution of devotional service according to the regulative principles, and the other nine are varieties of prema-bhakti, ecstatic love of Godhead.

Purport

The nine varieties of prema-bhakti are rati, prema, sneha, māna, praṇaya, rāga, anurāga, bhāva and mahābhāva — attraction, love, affection, adverse feelings, intimacy, attachment, subattachment, ecstatic love and sublime ecstatic love. For the word sādhana-bhakti there is only one meaning, “the execution of devotional service according to regulative principles.”