loving devotional service to Śrī Kṛṣṇa. The word bhakti comes from the root bhaj, which means to serve (see bhajana); therefore the primary meaning of the word bhakti is to render service. Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī has described the intrinsic characteristics of bhakti in Śrī Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu (1.1.11) as follows:
jñāna-karmādy-anāvṛtam |
ānukūlyena kṛṣṇānu-
śīlanaṁ bhaktir uttamā ||
”Uttamā-bhakti, pure devotional service, is the cultivation of activities that are meant exclusively for the benefit of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, in other words, the uninterrupted flow of service to Śrī Kṛṣṇa, performed through all endeavors of body, mind, and speech, and through expression of various spiritual sentiments (bhāvas). It is not covered by jñāna (knowledge of nirviśeṣa-brahma, aimed at impersonal liberation) and karma (reward-seeking activity), yoga or austerities; and it is completely free from all desires other than the aspiration to bring happiness to Śrī Kṛṣṇa.”

The Bhaktivedanta encyclopedia. 2015.

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