Srimad Bhagavad-Gita :
Chapter-12. ( Bhakti-yogam )
Slokam-20. ( He who follows this imperishable path of devotional service and who completely engages himself with faith, making Me the supreme goal, is very, very dear to Me.)
ye tu dharmamrtamidam yathoktam paryupasate,
sraddadhana ma-paramah bhaktastetiva me priyah.
yathoktam = as mentioned above;
idam dharmamrtam = of this sanatana-dharmam;
sraddadhana = with at most care and faith;
mat-paramah = taking the Supreme Lord as everything ( Goal );
ye tu paryupasate = those who are completely as much as prcticing Sadhana as per the format;
te bhaktah = those devotees;
me ativa priyah = For Me, ( they are ) very very dear.
Casting away all things undesirable which do not lead to bhakti or exclusive loving devotion to the Supreme Lord Krishna, such a devotee becomes very dear to Him.
Collating and applying all of the recommendations given in these past seven verses His devotee becomes especially dear to Lord Krishna.
Bhakti is completely independent and alone is considered the goal. Dharma is considered the means and primary path leading to bhakti..
That which is an instrument of bhakti is also a part of bhakti. Thus the means dharma guides one to the goal of bhakti. Thus the path of immortal bhakti can be approached by following dharma.
To be continued ....