Bhakti Philosophy - Verses 91 to 100
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 91 to 100 are below. You will also be able to hear a verse being sung if the "Listen" link
is next to it.
Kahe khojat brahm ko, shtrutin richan bharmaya.
Yashumati kar ukhal bandhyo, dekhahun braj mahan jaya.
Oh, gyanis! Why are you searching in vain to find brahm in the verses of the Vedas?
You can find supreme brahm tied to an ukhal (pot for pounding rice) in the courtyard
of Mother Yashoda. If you doubt my words, go to Braj and see for yourself.
Brahm niranjan jani bhano, sunahu kholi nij kan.
Anjan bani dolai sada, pache braj banitan.
Oh gyanis! Don't say that brahm is only formless and without qualities.
Listen very carefully. If brahm were formless, then He wouldn't have become
like the anjan (kajal or collyrium) in the eyes of the Gopis of Braj and followed them
like an eager beloved.
Jo nahin jat bulayehu, Shuk Sankadik dhyan.
Binuhin bulaye jat soi, ghar ghar braj banitan.
That supreme personality of God, Krishna, doesn't enter the impersonal meditation (
samadhi) of great paramhansas like Shukdev and the Sankadik, even though they
try their hardest. Yet the same supreme brahm as Shri Krishna rushes to
the houses of the Gopis, even though uninvited. How extremely surprising!
Jake aganit gunan ko, gavat Ved richan.
'Dari ke', gari sunan, soi chedat sakhiyan.
The four Vedas tirelessly sing the uncountable glorious virtues of Krishna.
The same Krishna purposely teases the Gopis of Braj so they will reproach Him by saying "Dari ke"
(a sweet insult of Braj). Hearing that, Krishna feels very happy.
Jako kahi nirlep as, puni puni Ved pukar.
Jakar dekhahu madhupuri, soi Kubja ko yar.
The Vedas repeatedly say that supreme brahm Krishna is desireless and detached from everything.
Go and see the same supreme brahm in Mathura where He is behaving like the fully devoted husband of Kubja.
Jake bhay bhayabheet ho, mahakal barjor.
Jarasandh ke bhay soi, bhaji banyo Ranchor.
Even the god of death is afraid of Krishna, but the same all-powerful and almighty Krishna ran
away out of fear of the demon Jarasandh, took shelter in Dwarika. This is how He got His name "Ranchor" -
the one who ran away from the battlefield.
Jako atmaram kahi, Ved richan bakhan.
Soi Gopin sang ras kar, gopihun Ved richan.
The richas (verses) of the Vedas describe brahm Shri Krishna as self-contented,
self-complacent, and self-relishing. The same Krishna loving did the pastime of maharaas
with the Gopis in Braj, and the most astonishing thing is that the same richas of the Vedas
took part in that pastime in the form of Gopis.
Jako kaha aj soi braj, Nandanandan bani aya.
Gwalan joothan khat lakhi, vidhi budhi gai bharamaya.
Brahm, who is described in the Vedas as eternally unborn, has appeared as the
son of Nandababa (Krishna) in Braj. Not only that, but He playfully shared His food
with His illiterate Gwalbal playmates, which utterly confused the mind of Brahma
(who witnessed this childhood leela).
Jaki yachat sharan sab, Vidhi Hari Har unman.
Soi Yashumati ki god hit, lotat rodan than.
Even Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva desire the refuge of supreme God Krishn. The same Krishna,
Who is the refuge of all the forms of God, is crying and rolling on the ground in Braj
to take refuge in the lap of His mother, Yashoda.
Jaki maya te nache, yogi yatee mahan.
Nache soi kartal pai, Brajveethin banitan.
Even great yogis and gyanis dance to the tune (remain under the control of) Krishna's external power, Maya.
The same Krishna Himself (becomes so helpless before the selfless bhakti (love) of the Gopis) that He
happily dances in the lanes of Braj to the tune of the Gopis' clapping hands.