Bhagavad Gita - Chapter 4 - Verse 15
evam jnatva kritam karma purvair api mumukshubhih
kuru karmaiva tasmat tvam purvaih purvataram kritam
Knowing this, in ancient times, those that desired liberation also performed action. Thus, you should also adopt the path of action as they did in the past.
In verse ten Shri Krishna alludes to the topmost stage of self-realization by the use of the word bhava. Bhava is the stage of deep affection just before one reaches the stage of purest love, prema. Rupa Gosvami, the foremost disciple of Shri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, explains this in great detail in his book, Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu (1.4.15-16).
adau shraddha tatah sadhu-sango ‘tha bhajana-kriya
tato `nartha-nivrittih syat tato nishtha rucis tata
athasaktis tato bhavas-tatah premabhyudancati,
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