jau° paraloka ihå° sukha cahahu, suni mama bacana hrdaya° dæRha gahahu |
sulabha sukhada måraga yaha bhåi, bhagati mori puråna sruti gyåna gåi ||1||
gyana agama pratyuha anekå, sådhana kathina na mana kahu° tekå |
karata kasta bahu påvai kou, bhakti hina mohi priya nahi sou ||2||
bhakti sutamtra sakala sukha khåni, binu satasamga na påvahi pråni |
punya pumja binu milahi na samtå, satasamgati samsrti kara amtå ||3||
punya eka jaga mahu° nahi dujå, mana krama bacana bipra pada pujå |
sånukula tehi para muni devå, jo taji kapatu karai dvija sevå ||4||
Bhakti or Religious Devotion of Lord Rama
If you desire happiness here as well as in paraloka (the next world) hereafter, mark My words and engrave them deeply in your heart. Oh friends! This path of religous devotion to Me is easy and joyous. The Vedas and Puranas have sung its glories. Knowledge (understanding of the identity of the self with the ultimate brahman) is difficult to grasp and there are several obstacles in attaining this gyan. Its path is rugged and there is no solid support for the mind to rest on. Rarely can a person attain it after taking great pains, even then he is not dear to Me because he is lacking in religious devotion. Bhakti or religious devotion is independent and a mine of all joys. However man cannot attain it without satsang or (the company of saints). And above all saints are inaccessible without a cluster of virtuous acts. Association with saints is what puts an end to the cycle of births and deaths.
Serving Brahmins Brings us Closer to Lord Rama
There is just one meritorious act in this world and there is no other (equivalent to it). And that is to worship the feet of *bråhmanas in thought, deed and word. Sages and gods are pleased with him who discards deceit and serves bråhmanas.
aurau eka guputa mata sabahi kahau° kara jori |
samkara bhajana binå nara bhagati na påvai mori ||45||
One Can Attain the Bhakti of Lord Rama by Worshipping Shiva
There is another secret doctrine.With folded hands I reveal the same to everyone that without worshipping Lord Shankara, man cannot attain religious devotion to Me.
kahahu bhagati patha kavana prayåså, joga na makha japa tapa upavåså |
sarala subhåva na mana kutilåi, jathå låbha samtosa sadåi ||1||
mora dåsa kahåi nara åså, karai tau kahahu kahå bisvåså |
bahuta kahau° kå kathå baRhåi, ehi åcarana basya mai bhåi ||2||
baira na bigraha åsa na tråså, sukhamaya tåhi sadå saba åså |
anårambha aniketa amåni, anagha arosa daccha bigyåni ||3||
priti sadå sajjana samsargå, trna sama bisaya svarga apabargå |
bhagati paccha hatha nahi sathatåi, dusta tarka saba duri bahåi ||4||
Yagya or Fire Sacrifice
Tell Me, what hard work is involved in treading the path of religious devotion? There is no need of either yoga (mind-control), yagya (sacrifices), japa (incantations), penance, or fasting. (All that is needed is) that one must have a simple disposition, the mind should be free of from deviousness and one should be forever content with whatever one gets. If he who is called my devotee, counts upon men, you tell Me, what faith does he have in Me?(which means his faith in Me is very weak.) What use is to further harp on the subject? Oh friends! I am won over by the conduct of a man as explained below. He who has no enmity or quarrels with anyone, is devoid of hope and fear, the four directions are full of joy for such a person.
A Vedic Sage
A person who undertakes nothing (with the desire of fruition which brings gains), who has no home of his own (is not attached to his house), is stripped of pride, sin and wrath. One who is clever and wise (in doing bhakti ) One who forever loves the company of sages and for whom everything even the enjoyments of heaven and mukti or salvation mean no more than a blade of grass. One who adamanatly adheres to bhakti or religious devotion but does not do the stupidity of refuting others opinions, and who has got rid of all false reasonings.
mama guna gråma nåma rata gata mamatå mada moha |
tå kara sukha soi jånai parånamda samdoha ||46||
The Ultimate Brahman or Supreme Spirit
Only that person who has attained the treasure of ultimate bliss (understood the identity of the self with the Ultimate Brahman or Supreme Spirit)) can know the joy of one who is engrossed in singing and hearing My praises, is devoted to My Name, and is free from affection, intoxication and attachment to the world.
*brahmana is a name used to designate a member of one of the four varnas in the traditional Hindu society. In the Smriti view there are four "varnas", or classes: the Brahmins, the Kshatriyas, the Vaishyas, and Shudras.The Smritis conferred upon the Brahmins, the position of being the highest of the four Varnas. The priestly class was expected to practice self-abnegation and play the role of being the custodians of Dharma (as a Brāhman who is well versed in Vedic texts).