The Complete Science of Bhakti-Yoga #3-
The Nectar of Devotion–72/10/26 Vrndavana
1049) Whether I know Krsna bhakti begins with tongue! Taught by Srila Prabhupada!
————– Some way or other. Yena tena. So if your mind is fixed up always in Krsna, then your senses will be also engaged in Krsna’s service. Because mind is the center of all activities of the senses.
So as Ambarisa Maharaja, he first of all engaged his mind in Krsna. By fixing up his mind in Krsna, then he could use all other senses, namely the tongue… Actually bhakti begins with the tongue. Sevonmukhe hi jihvadau. Beginning from tongue, Krsna-bhakti begins. It may be very awkward to hear, that “By tongue, how bhakti begins?” But that is the statement in the sastras. Atah sri-krsna-namadi na bhaved grahyam indriyaih [Cc. Madhya 17.136]. Our present senses, blunt, materially covered, it cannot taste what is Krsna’s name, what is Krsna’s form, what is Krsna’s quality, what is Krsna’s pastime, what is Krsna’s paraphernalia. —————————