|Madhya-lila||Chapter 23: Life's Ultimate Goal -- Love of Godhead|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Sri Caitanya Caritamrita Madhya 23.14-15
adau sraddha tatah sadhu-
sango 'tha bhajana-kriya
tato 'nartha-nivrittih syat
tato nishtha rucis tatah
athasaktis tato bhavas
sadhakanam ayam premnah
pradurbhave bhavet kramah
adau -- in the beginning; sraddha -- firm faith, or disinterest in material affairs and interest in spiritual advancement; tatah -- thereafter; sadhu-sangah -- association with pure devotees; atha -- then; bhajana-kriya -- performance of devotional service to Krishna (surrendering to the spiritual master and being encouraged by the association of devotees, so that initiation takes place); tatah -- thereafter; anartha-nivrittih -- the diminishing of all unwanted habits; syat -- there should be; tatah -- then; nishtha -- firm faith; rucih -- taste; tatah -- thereafter; atha -- then; asaktih -- attachment; tatah -- then; bhavah -- emotion or affection; tatah -- thereafter; prema -- love of God; abhyudancati -- arises; sadhakanam -- of the devotees practicing Krishna consciousness; ayam -- this; premnah -- of love of Godhead; pradurbhave -- in the appearance; bhavet -- is; kramah -- the chronological order.
"'In the beginning there must be faith. Then one becomes interested in associating with pure devotees. Thereafter one is initiated by the spiritual master and executes the regulative principles under his orders. Thus one is freed from all unwanted habits and becomes firmly fixed in devotional service. Thereafter, one develops taste and attachment. This is the way of sadhana-bhakti, the execution of devotional service according to the regulative principles. Gradually emotions intensify, and finally there is an awakening of love. This is the gradual development of love of Godhead for the devotee interested in Krishna consciousness.'
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His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness