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Question: After so many years of practicing bhakti I don’t get a taste of bhakti. Please give some light on this.

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Jayapataka Swami: How many rounds you chant? How many years you have been practicing? (three years). Srila Prabhupada said that he got the realization after practicing for 20 years! How many lifetimes will it take you?!  If you commit offences, then the process usually takes more time. If you are eager for getting some mercy, then in many ways you can get special mercy. And usually in the third step in bhajana kriya they take initiation. Sradha, sadhu sanga and bhajan kriya and after that comes anarta nivritti. So at the bhajana kriya stage we usually take initiation. Then after the anarta nivritti comes the stage of nista. After nista comes ruci or taste. Then we get attached to that taste and that is called the stage of aasakti. Beyond that comes the stage of ecstatic love of Krsna. And at that stage we are 99% Krsna conscious. 1% maya. Then from that stage comes Prema. That is 100% Krsna conscious. We should analyse what stage we are in. And then we should try to go higher and higher.