Navadha Bhakti – The Nine aspects of bhakti, as spoken by Ram to Shabri

 

नवधाभगतिकहउंतोहिपाहीं।सावधानसुनुधरुमनमाहीं॥

 

The nine aspects of devotion, I impart to you. Listen it well and remember it always. 

 

1. à¤ªà¥à¤°à¤¥à¤®à¤­à¤—तिसंतन्हकरसंगा। 

 

The first step to devotion (Bhakti) is to keep company of the saints (Satsang).

 

2. à¤¦à¥à¤¸à¤°à¤¿à¤°à¤¤à¤¿à¤®à¤®à¤•à¤¥à¤¾à¤ªà¥à¤°à¤¸à¤‚गा॥

 

The second step is to enjoy listening to legends/discourses pertaining to the Lord.

 

3. à¤—ुरुपदपंकजसेवातीसरिभगतिअमान।

 

Selfless service to the Guru's lotus feet without any pride is the third step.

 

4. à¤šà¥Œà¤¥à¤¿à¤­à¤—तिममगुनगनकरइकपटतजिगान॥

 

The fourth step is to earnestly sing praises of the Lord's virtues with a heart clear of guile, deceipt or hypocrisy.

 

5. à¤®à¤‚त्रजापममदृढ़बिस्वासा।पंचमभजनसोबेदप्रकासा॥

 

Chanting My Name with steadfast faith is the fifth step as the Vedas reveal. 

 

6. à¤›à¤ à¤¦à¤®à¤¸à¥€à¤²à¤¬à¤¿à¤°à¤¤à¤¿à¤¬à¤¹à¥à¤•à¤°à¤®à¤¾à¥¤à¤¨à¤¿à¤°à¤¤à¤¨à¤¿à¤°à¤‚तरसज्जनधरमा॥

 

The sixth, is to practice self-control, good character, detachment from manifold activities and always follow the duties as good religious person.

 

7. à¤¸à¤¾à¤¤à¤µà¤à¤¸à¤®à¤®à¥‹à¤¹à¤¿à¤®à¤¯à¤œà¤—देखा।मोतेंसंतअधिककरिलेखा॥

 

The seventh step is to perceive the world as God Himself and regard the saints higher than the Lord.

 

8. à¤†à¤ à¤µà¤à¤œà¤¥à¤¾à¤²à¤¾à¤­à¤¸à¤‚तोषा।सपनेहुंनहिंदेखइपरदोषा॥

 

The eighth, is a state (which one arrives at when one travels the first seven steps) where there is no desire left, but the gift of perfect peace and contentment with whatever one has. (In this state) one does not see fault in others, even in a dream.

 

9. à¤¨à¤µà¤®à¤¸à¤°à¤²à¤¸à¤¬à¤¸à¤¨à¤›à¤²à¤¹à¥€à¤¨à¤¾à¥¤à¤®à¤®à¤­à¤°à¥‹à¤¸à¤¹à¤¿à¤¯à¤¹à¤°à¤·à¤¨à¤¦à¥€à¤¨à¤¾à¥¥

 

In this state, one has full faith in the Lord, and becomes (child-like) simple with no hypocrisy or deceit. The devotee has strong faith in the Lord with neither exaltation or depression in any life circumstance (but becomes equanimous).

 

नवमहुंएकउजिन्हकेंहोई।नारिपुरूषसचराचरकोई॥

सोइअतिसयप्रियभामिनीमोरें।सकलप्रकारभगतिदृढ़तोरें॥

 

Shri Ram adds that Shabri’s Bhakti is perfectly complete. Yet if anyone were to have taken even one step towards devotion, out of all nine, he/she would be very dear to the Lord.

 

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