Bhakti Philosophy - Verses 61 to 70
Bhakti Shatak (or 100 verse on devotion) written by Jagadguru Shri Kripalu ji Maharaj, is a clear and concise description of the complete philosophy of the devotional path for the seeker of divine love.
Apart from its priceless philosophy, it's simple poetic form can easily be sung and remembered. Verses 61 to 70 are below. You will also be able to hear a verse being sung if the "Listen" link is next to it.
Gyan marai dai mukti pad, karma marai dai swarg.
Amar rahai ik bhakti hi, chah na swarg apavarg.
After a practitioner of jnana attains absolute liberation (mokch), his brahm jnana ends. After a karmi attains the celestial abode, his good karmas end. But devotion bestows immortality, which is eternal. Thus a bhakta (devotee) doesn't desire liberation or celestial luxuries.
Panch tatva aru aham ka, bhedan kari de gyan.
Pai binu bahkti na kari sakai, bhedan parkriti mahan.
A self-realized jnani through his jnana (knowledge) is able to break the binding mayic sheath of the five elements (earth, water, fire, air, space). He may also break the sheath of ahankar, ego. Two more barriers remain that he can't cross: (1) mahan, (2) prakriti (Maya). Out of these two, prakriti or Maya is the most powerful. It can only be eliminated through devotion.
Ati virakt kahan gyan hai, ati asaktahin karma.
Jeev-matra kahan bhakti hai, yah adhikari marma.
The one who is completely renounced is qualified to follow the path of jnana. The one who is very worldly is qualified to follow the path of karma. But everyone is qualified to follow the path of bhakti (devotion).
Karma, gyan aru yoga ko, jo bhi phal shruti gaya.
Anayas binu mange, bhagat saka phal paya.
Whatever outcomes are described in the scriptures for the paths of karma, jnana and yoga, are received without even asking through devotion.
Sakal dharma ko mook hain, ek Krishn Bhagavan.
Mool taje sab shool hain, karma, yoga, aru gyan.
The root of all dharmas is supreme God Krishna. The paths of karma, yoga and jnana are like the branches. If you cut the root, they can't survive. They will die.
Jo Hari seva hetu ho, soi karm bakhan.
Jo Hari bhagati badhave, soi samujhiya gyan.
Only those actions done to please Krishna are true actions. Whatever knowledge increases love for Krishn is true knowledge.
Hari nimitt jo pap kar, sou punya kahaya.
Hari taji jo kar punya to, ap pap bani jaya.
If an unrighteous action is done for Krishna's sake, it becomes righteous. If a righteous action is done without feelings of devotional love for Krishna, then even a righteous action becomes a sin.
Punya det phal nashvar, pap narak lai jaya.
Doun taji jo hari bhaje, soi param pad paya.
Through good actions you receive the temporary attainment of the celestial abode. Through bad actions you attain hell. Leaving both of these, the one who does selfless devotion to Krishna attains the divine abode.
Bhagati ek aishvarya aru, ik madhurya kahaya.
pai niras aishvarya ras, braj rasikan na suhaya.
There are two kinds of devotional bliss: (1) almighty bliss, (2) divine love bliss. Almighty bliss has not sweet, loving leelas, so it is not desired by Rasik Saints.
Sabai saras ras Dwarika, Mathura aru Braj mahin.
Madhur, madhuratar, madhuratam, ras braj ras sam nahin.
The Bliss of Dwarika, Mathura and Braj are abodes of divine love, because they are abodes of Krishna, who is an ocean of divine love. Even so, the bliss of Mathura is sweeter than the bliss of Dwarika, a nd the bliss of Braj is the sweetest of all.