—Narad Panchratra – BhaktiRasamritasindhu
Supreme Lord Sree Krishna who is adorned with transcendental sweet sense-organs, can be served by a pure devotee who has got such corresponding transcendental sense-organs. This relation between object of worship and worshipper is designated as `Bhakti’ (pure devotion). As per evidence of Sree Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhyalila, chapter 19, verse 48, amongst 10 million (one crore) `Jnanis’, who are eager to get Brahmananda, only one can attain their objective— `salvation’. Amongst 10 million such liberated individuals one can become a Krishna bhakta. Krishna bhakti is so scarce. It is to be carefully noted, that in the above verse stress has been given to give up false relations with this non-eternal material ominous world by which we have become inauspicious and evil-minded. On the other hand we are to turn our face towards Supreme Lord Who is All-Good. When we can become of Him, we shall be sanctified. After being sanctified we shall be worthy and eligible to serve Krishna. Association of bona fide pure devotees is essential to realize our eternal relation with Supreme Lord Sree Krishna. Actual `saranagati’ (submission to Lord) can never be manifested without association of pure devotees. By the process of ascension (Arohavad) with vanity and challenging mood nobody can enter into that Transcendental Blissful Realm. It is extremely difficult, but again it is very easy. King Khattvanga could attain highest objective— transcendental divine love in a moment when he took absolute shelter to Supreme Lord.
—Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj