If you are beginning this bhakti process, the symptoms will be kleśaghnī (destruction of all miseries) and śubhadā, (the manifestation of all good qualities), and worldly desires will go. You can judge for yourself, keeping your hand on your heart, and check your own pulse to see whether or not, after repeated hearing, your material desires have lessened or gone. Or do we still desire to taste the objects of sense gratification?
Try to understand this: if bhakti is actually present, then detachment, some taste, and some satisfaction is there, and the soul will be always happy. If this is not taking place, it means that there are some loopholes in your practice. You will have to discover what they are and gradually give them all up. Anger is our enemy; we should try to realize this. Try to remove all lust. So, why not follow and begin from now? Why lose all this time?
June 08, 2000 New Braja, California