Bharat Maharaj was as he had reached the stage of bhava. By our own sadhana bhakti we can’t come up to the level of bhava. Of course the mercy of Guru is always there but it comes almost automatically. It’s something that happens step by step. It could happen much faster if you get special mercy but you can say that by normal mercy it happens quite easily in due course. But the level of prema is very very high. That is something, you can’t achieve that. You could be in the level of bhava even for a birth but unless Krishna personally wants. He may desire that His devotee should wait, maybe relishing the intense desire of the devotee to become Krishna conscious. When Krishna finally reveals Himself as He did to Narada Muni who was also crying for Krishna then the prema is established when we realize the self and the Supersoul and we realize Krishna in His fullness, then one becomes completely… one’s reference point, rather than rising from the material platform towards Krishna, if you have already been completely linked with Krishna then your connection with the material world is cut completely.
Here in the level of bhava it 99% slackened 99% cut just this slightest connection might still be there reference come up from the material level to this pure devotional level of bhava. So that 1% crust, that we also have to be very careful not to ever do anything whimsically. If we do something whimsical which isn’t authorized by the spiritual master, like become very affectionate to a deer or something then we could get in trouble even if we come up to the level of bhava.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1984, 13th Sep, SB class @ Bhaktivedanta Manor, London, UK