externally resembles bhakti but does not have the true characteristics of bhakti. There are two types of bhakty-ābhāsa:
1) Chāyā-bhakty-ābhāsa is attained by association with śuddha-bhaktas during kīrtana, recitation of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, or other devotional performances. The stage of chāyā-bhakty-ābhāsa is the result of great fortune, because it is the preliminary stage of bhakti, and people can gradually develop from it into madhyama and uttama Vaiṣṇavas. Still, those at the stage of chāyā-bhakty-ābhāsa cannot be called śuddha-bhaktas. Such people worship the deity with laukika-śraddhā (worldly faith) 2) Pratibimba-bhakty-ābhāsa is the semblance of bhakti that occurs in the hearts of those who adopt the aṅgas of bhakti with a desire for bhukti (material enjoyment) and mukti (liberation)

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  • chāyā-bhakty-ābhāsa — a shadow like semblance of bhakti. This refers to the activities of neophytes or ignorant people which resemble bhakti, but which do not have the actual characteristics of śuddha bhakti. Because these people engage in activities of bhakti only… …   The Bhaktivedanta encyclopedia

  • pratibimba-bhakty-ābhāsa — see bhakty ābhāsa …   The Bhaktivedanta encyclopedia

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