Amongst the higher classes of men in this world, there are three paths that traverse through the kingdom of transcendental beliefs. These are generally known as karma, jñāna and bhakti. The path of karma is the process for attaining transitory pleasures that are enjoyed by the jīvas ensnared in material bondage. The path of jñāna is the renunciation of temporary results and provincial interests in order to discover the undifferentiated Brahman. The path known as bhakti transcends both karma, jñāna and material nature completely in order to cultivate activities that are favorable in serving Kṛṣṇa.
On the path of bhakti there is a clear distinction between devotional practice (sādhana) and the achievement of devotional practice (sādhya). It is understood that there are three stages – devotional practice, the awakening of bhāva (devotional sentiments) and prema (pure love for Śrī Kṛṣṇa). As one cultivates and acquires knowledge about the goal of bhakti, the various stages of bhāva and love of Kṛṣṇa, problems may arise. The process of becoming free of these problems is known as anartha-nivṛtti (the removal of unwanted elements). The conceptions established in this work (Prākṛta-rasa Śata-dūṣaṇī) can be found in the supremely wonderful pastimes of Śrī Gaurāṅga-sundara as well as those of the Gosvāmīs, who are His eternal associates in those pastimes.
Śrī Siddhānta Sarasvatī