the creeper of devotion. Bhakti is likened to a creeper which grows in the bhakta’s heart until it matures and produces the fruit of love for Kṛṣṇa. The bīja, or seed, of this creeper is characterized as kṛṣṇa-sevā-vāsana, the desire to serve Śrī Kṛṣṇa. This desire is sown in the heart of the bhakta by the grace of Śrī Gurudeva and it manifests externally as śraddhā, faith in the conclusions of the śāstra. After its intitial inception in the form of the bhakti-latā-bīja, the creeper develops through eight successive stages culminating in prema. These stages are:
2) sādhu-saṅga 3) bhajana-kriyā 4) anartha-nivṛtti 5) niṣṭhā 6) ruci 7) āsakti 8) bhāva 9) prema Each of these are separately described in this encyclopedia

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