Rūpa Gosvāmī next describes the characteristics of a person who has actually developed his ecstatic love for Kṛṣṇa. The characteristics are as follows:
- 1) He is always anxious to utilize his time in the devotional service of the Lord. He does not like to be idle. He wants service always, twenty-four hours a day without deviation.
- 2) He is always reserved and perseverant.
- 3) He is always detached from all material attraction.
- 4) He does not long for any material respect in return for his activities.
- 5) He is always certain that Kṛṣṇa will bestow His mercy upon Him.
- 6) He is always very eager to serve the Lord faithfully.
- 7) He is very much attached to the chanting of the holy names of the Lord.
- 8) He is always eager to describe the transcendental qualities of the Lord.
- 9) He is very pleased to live in a place where the Lord's pastimes are performed, e.g., Mathurā, Vṛndāvana, or Dvārakā.
Utilization of Time
An unalloyed devotee who has developed ecstatic love for Kṛṣṇa is always engaging his words in reciting prayers to the Lord. Within the mind he is always thinking of Kṛṣṇa, and with his body he is either offering obeisances by bowing down before the Deity or is engaging in some other service. During these ecstatic activities he sometimes sheds tears. In this way his whole life is engaged in the service of the Lord, with not a moment wasted on any other engagement.