bhakti ahaituki haya sva-prakasita
nitya-siddha vastu kintu ache avarita
Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura states that the main feature of bhakti is that it is causeless - it manifests only of its own accord. Although bhakti is an eternally perfect substance, it lies dormant, deep within every soul.
madhyama-adhikari-vaisnava krpa ta' kariya
balisere kare krpa bhakti jagaiya
The middle-class devotee (madhyama-adhikari) always extends mercy toward others. Being compassionate to innocent, childlike souls, he endeavors to awaken their dormant bhakti.
vaisnavera vasa hana svayam bhagavan
vaisnavera krpaya mugdha haya jaguyan
The Supreme Lord Himself comes under the control of such a true devotee. Being enchanted with the devotee's merciful nature, the Lord always follows his lead.
vaisnava jagate pare ghumanta jagat
tan'ra-i krpaya haya papira bhakata
A Vaisnava is able to re-awaken the sleeping material universe. Indeed, by his magnanimous mercy, sinful souls are transformed into devotees.