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Definition of Pure Devotional Service
be counted as pure devotional service. Pure devotional service should be free from the desire for any through volumes of word jugglery and speculation. Pure devotional service must always be free from such fruitive activities and philosophical speculations. One has to learn Kṛṣṇa consciousness, or pure devotional service, from the authorities by spontaneous loving service.
Bhagavad-gītā 7.3
Therefore pure devotion is,
Bhagavad-gītā 10.1–3
This is pure devotion.
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 5.18.12
take to Kṛṣṇa consciousness for fulfilling some material desire. That is not pure devotion. That is adulterated. That is also devotion, but it is adulterated. Pure devotion means without any material desire. We serve Kṛṣṇa not for any benefit, material or spiritual. That is pure devotion.
Morning Walk
Prabhupāda: Yes. Pure..., pure devotion means śravaṇaṁ kīrtanam. [break]
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 6.2.11
Therefore pure devotion means anyābhilāṣitā-śūnyaṁ jñāna-karmādy-anāvṛtam [Brs. 1.1.11]. Pure devotion means one should be freed from all material desires, even from the desire of being elevated to the heavenly planet or Brahmaloka, Satyaloka—that is karma—or to try to understand, just like the philosophists, they do. By speculation, by philosophical speculation, they try to understand what is are not pure devotion. They are karma-kāṇḍa, jñāna-kāṇḍa.
CC Ādi 4.21-22
(ordinary devotional service), śuddha-bhakti (pure devotional service) and viddha-bhakti (mixed devotional service).
Room Conversation with three Trappist Monks
Prabhupāda: No, it is not wrong, but it is not pure devotion.
The Nectar of Devotion
Pradyumna: [reading] "4) Pure devotional service is rarely achieved. 5) Those in pure devotional service..."
Initiation Lecture [partially recorded]
. This is not pure devotion. You should all understand this. Anyābhilāṣitā-śūnyam [Cc. Madhya 19.167 ]. Completely freed from any material desire. That is pure devotion. That will make you happy.
make progress in spite of checking, that is pure devotion. Ahaituky apratihatā yenātmā suprasīdati [SB 1.2.6]. And that is pure devotion. I was attacked by heart attack thrice. While on the ship, twice.
CC Madhya 19.166
“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.