Bhakti Philosophy - Verses 51 to 60
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 51 to 60 are below. You will also be able to hear a verse being sung if the "Listen" link
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Brahm vrihatvat as bada, jako adi na ant.
Bada brinhatvat as, auran kare anant.
The word 'brahm' has two meanings. (1) Vrihatvat brahm - the one who is the greatest. (2) Brihanatvat brahm - the one who makes others great.
Brahm ek madhur roop hai, ek bhramar unman.
ek roop ras det hai, ek apu kar pan.
Blissful brahma has two forms: (1) the bliss, (2) the enjoyer of bliss. One is like honey, the other is like a bee. With one form He Himself enjoys bliss, with the other form He also makes the souls enjoy bliss.
Karan cahat alingan, apuhin apu nihar.
Jan-man-mohan hi nahin, nij man-mohan har.
The bliss of Shri Krishna's beauty is so amazing that even when He sees Himself, He falls in love and wants to embrace Himself. Thus, He not only charms the hearts of those who are His own, but also charms His own heart.
Chitvat chit karshat jitai, chit samadhi mahan laya.
Auran ki ka bat kah, Shiva gopi tanu paya.
Through one love-filled glance of Krishna, great yogis and paramhansa forget about their samadhi. What to say of these paramhansas - even Lord Shiva took the form of a Gopi to experience the bliss of Krishna's love.
Shrishti poorva Hari dekhat, sochat mridu muskat.
Sagun roop sakar nit, Ved vidit vikhyat.
Some innocent followers of nondualism say that brahm (supreme God) is formless and without qualities, and that after the creation of this universe, the concept of the personal form of God came into some people's minds. But before creation it was the personal form of God who looked, smiled and thought, "Let the universe come into creation." This proves that the personal form of God eternally exists.
Karan Hari avatar ko, kripa akaran jan.
Apar jite karan kahe, tinahin gaun kari man.
All the reasons for Krishna's descension that are described in the scriptures are correct, but the foremost reason is only to causelessly grace the souls.
Hari Harijan ke karya ko, karan kachu na lakhaya.
Paru updar swabhav vash, karat karya jag aya.
There is only one reason why God or Saints perform any action: to causelessly grace the souls. Their very nature is only to uplift and spiritually benefit others.
Hari harijan ke acharan, mayamaya mat jan.
Unke charit alaukik, maya krida man.
Never think that the actions and behavior of Shri Krishna and His divine Saints are material. Their actions aren't inspired by Maya, they are inspired by Yogamaya, thus they are divine.
Hari harijan ke atpate, charit na budhi lakhi paya.
Ati vichitra gati duhun ki, rasikahin samujhi sakaya.
The actions of God and Saints are very unusual. Even the greatest jnani can't understand them. Only the Rasik Saints and Krishna Himself could understand them.
Dui maya ik vidya, apar avidya tat.
jati avidya gyan te, vidya bhaktihin jat.
There are two kinds of Maya: (1) Vidya Maya, (2) Avidya Maya.
Out of these two, avidya maya could be eliminated through jnana (knowledge
of the self). But Vidya Maya (the original veil of Maya) is only eliminated
through bhakti and God's grace.