Devotional service is something very practical, very utilitarian. Someone loves their wife or their husband, so they try to help the spouse to be God conscious. At the same time maintaining their own consciousness. This is the Krishna conscious way. It is called mercy. You try to help others, that is the mercy, compassion.
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1986, 29th Sep, SB class @ Toronto, Canada