I present a simple rule to live by for bhaktas.
Suppose you ask someone a question about bhakti. If the answer is,
“X said this to Y.
Because X said it, it has to be true. “,
then you should be on your guard.
Evidence in bhakti is not what someone said to someone, but what is explained in scripture. So one must provide scriptural evidence. Furthermore, for the Caitanya tradition, one must support what one says by citing one of these acharyas for it to be acceptable:
Śrī Jīva Goswami
Śrī Rūpa Goswami
Śrī Viśvanātha Cakravartī
If the proposition cannot be supported in this way, it does not pass the smell test.