"All glory to Gaurachandra! All glory to Nityananda! All glory to
Advaita-chandra! All glory to Gaura's devotees!" 
ebe suna bhakti-phala 'prema' prayojana
yahara sravane haya bhakti-rasa-jnana
"Now hear about the fruit of devotion—prema, the ultimate goal of
life. Anyone who hears about it, gets the knowledge of different devotional
mellows (bhakti-rasa)." 
krsne rati gadha haile 'prema' abhidhana
krsna-bhakti-rasera sei 'sthayi-bhava' nama
"Deep attachment to Krishna grows into what is called love (prema). Various
moods of such devotion to Krishna are called constant deep love (bhava)."
As I told previously, not everybody has sraddha (faith)—first
sukriti has to come. Sukriti means the result of some pious
activities. For example, this jackfruit tree here—if its fruit is
offered to the Deities, the tree gets some sukriti, and after that it
can get a human body and some service.
kona bhagye kona jivera 'sraddha' yadi haya
tabe sei jiva 'sadhu-sanga' karaya
"If, by some fortune, a soul gets faith, they then begin to associate with
So, first is sukriti. There is jnata sukriti (conscious
spiritual merit) and ajnata sukriti (unconscious spiritual merit).
Some people come here because they see a nice building, a guesthouse, and
somebody comes for the sacred things, for the hidden treasure.
(What is the hidden treasure of this place? We must search for it. What did
we come to the temple for? Why did we join the mission? Why did we come to
Krishna consciousness? We should know it.)
If you want to know something, if you hanker for something, then
sukriti comes. For example, you come to the temple, you do not know
anything, but you pay obeisance to the Lord, to the Vaishnavs, you listen to
some katha—in this way, some sukriti comes. This is
called ajnata sukriti, some pious merit that you do not know about. If
a tree has some fruit and a devotee takes the fruit to the Deities, the tree
gets some sukriti although the tree does not know about that.
Then, from sukriti you get some faith. There are four types of
faith—kamala sraddha, taranga sraddha, drdha sraddha, sudrdha
sraddha. Your devotion depends on your faith: if you have the strongest
faith, you will get the strongest devotion, and if you have little faith, you
will get little devotion. As much you can give to the devotees, the Deities,
and the Lord, that much you will get. If you give 25% you cannot think that
you will get 75%; if you give 25% to the Lord, you will get 25%. That is the
Through sraddha (faith) you will get good association,
sadhu-sanga. What does 'association' mean? Sleeping at the same place
as the sadhu? Eating with the sadhu? Then even flies and mosquitos want to
get some association, but the mosquito puts its your leg on you and bites.
Does it mean that it is getting association? No, it is disturbing!
Association means following what the Guru, the Vaishnavs, the sadhu tell
sadhu-sanga haite haya 'sravana-kirtana'
sadhana-bhaktye haya 'sarvanartha-nivartana'
"Having got good association, the soul then practises listening and chanting
(sravan, kirtan), and, as a result of such daily practice, all unwanted
elements (anarthas) disappear." 
What result comes through good association? Sravan, kirtan. Through
sravan, kirtan, all offences, all sins you have in your heart will be
destroyed. It is written here very beautifully: if you do sravan, it
will keep maya far away.
You do everything—you eat regularly, you go to the toilet
regularly—why not practise Krishna consciousness regularly? Why not do
sravan and kirtan regularly? You should regularly chant, hear
Hari-katha, come to the class—this is our life.
There are sixty-four types of bhaktyanga, sixty-four types of
practising, and from all of them nine are very important,
"One should associate with devotees, chant the Holy Name of the Lord, hear
Srimad Bhagavatam, reside at Mathura and worship the Deity with faith and
And from these five, the main practice is sravan and kirtan.
By sravan and kirtan, your offences are removed, then comes
sincerity. Sincerity means nistha (what service you do, you do it
every day). Through nistha, you will get some taste. Through taste,
you will get some attachment, you will not be able to leave your service.
Through attachment, priti, love and affection will come; then ecstasy,
paramour love—everything will come through that. This is how practice
anartha-nivrtti haile bhaktye 'nistha' haya
nistha haite sravanadye 'ruchi' upajaya
"When the offences are removed, you become steady and firm (nistha) in your
practice. From this steadiness and by hearing the words of sadhus, taste
awakens within you." 
"From this taste and by your devotion, strong attachment comes. From this
attachment, the seed of love for Krishna sprouts in your heart." 
sei 'rati' gadha haile dhare 'prema' nama
sei prema—'prayojana' sarvananda dhama
"When this attachment becomes very deep, it grows into what is called 'prema'
(divine ecstatic love). This prema is the goal of life, the abode of all
possible joy and happiness." 
satam prasangan mama virya-samvido
bhavanti hrt-karna-rasayanah kathah
taj-jonanad asv apavarga-vartmani
sraddha ratir bhaktir anukraminyati
"In devotees' association, the talks about the Lord are like nectar to one's
heart and ears, they are endowed with special power. By constantly hearing
about the Lord, very quickly the soul becomes liberated and established on
the spiritual path—first comes faith, then attachment, and finally love
If somebody hears these kinds of Hari-katha, Krishna-katha, their hair will
stand on end...
ei nava prity-ankura yanra chitte haya
prakrta-ksobhe tanra ksobha nahi haya
Those in whose heart the sprout of divine love grows in these nine ways, the
material miseries no longer bring them misery. 
krsna-sambandha vina kala vyartha nahi yaya
bhukti, siddhi, indriyartha tanre nahi bhaya
"They never pass time uselessly without connection with Krishna, and
enjoyment, material perfections and objects of the senses do not appeal to
them any more." 
They always think about Krishna, listen about Krishna, serve Krishna, then
greed, liberation, etc. cannot attack them.
'sarvottama' apanake 'hina' kari' mane
'krsna krpa karibena'—drdha kari' jane
Although very high, they consider themselves very low; they know for sure,
"Krishna will give us His mercy." 
Although they are very scholarly, they are always humble, dainya.
samutkantha haya sada lalasa-pradhana
nama-gane sada ruci, laya krsna-nama
"Their eagerness is characterised by constant enthusiasm—they take
Krishna's Name, always feeling taste for chanting the Holy Name." 
krsna-gunakhyane haya sarvada asakti
krsna-lila-sthane kare sarvada vasati
"They feel constant attachment to hear about the qualities of Krishna, and
they always reside where the Pastimes of Krishna are going on." 
krsne 'ratira' chihna ei kailun vivarana
'krsna-premera' chihna ebe suna sanatana
"Thus are described the signs of attachment to Krishna. Sanatan, now hear
about the signs of love for Krishna." 
prema krame badi' haya—sneha, mana, pranaya
raga, anuraga, bhava, mahabhava haya
"Love (prema) grows gradually—first affection (sneha), then loving
sulking (mana), love (pranaya), attachment (raga), strong attachment
(anuraga), ecstasy (bhava), and ultimate ecstasy (mahabhava)." 
yaichhe bija, iksu, rasa, guda, khanda, sara
sarkara, sita-michhari, suddha-michhari ara
"This development of love is just like sugarcane: first a seed, then a
sugarcane plant, then juice, molasses, crystals, sugar, sugar candy, and rock