a shadow-like semblance of bhakti. This refers to the activities of neophytes or ignorant people which resemble bhakti, but which do not have the actual characteristics of śuddha-bhakti. Because these people engage in activities of bhakti only when associating with real bhaktas, this semblance of bhakti is connected with true bhakti, but it is transient in nature and is therefore compared to a shadow
see bhakty-ābhāsa

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  • bhakty-ābhāsa — externally resembles bhakti but does not have the true characteristics of bhakti. There are two types of bhakty ābhāsa: 1) Chāyā bhakty ābhāsa is attained by association with śuddha bhaktas during kīrtana, recitation of Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, or… …   The Bhaktivedanta encyclopedia