Apara bhakti means
Bhagavad-gita As It Is Lectures
Parā aparā, aparā bhakti means on the material platform.
Lecture on BG 4.9 -- Bombay, March 29, 1974: Parā bhakti. Parā-bhakti, that is real spiritual life. Parā aparā, aparā bhakti means on the material platform. Generally, the Deity worship. This is the beginning, but as you go on worshiping the Deity you realize your spiritual identity. Then you do not see the Deity as made of stone or wood. You see directly the Supreme Personality of Godhead and you can talk, you can receive an inspiration. This is the beginning.