Spiritual Knowledge (Gyan)
Bachana karma mana mori gati, bhajan
Tinha ke hridaya
kamal mahu karaun sada bisraama.
Those who depend on Me in thought, word and action
(deed) and who worship Me in a selfless way, in lotus heart of those, I
always take repose (rest).
------ Lord Ram
(Ramcharitmanas, Aranya Kanda, Doha No. 16)
The nine forms of Bhakti as told by Lord to Sabri in Aranya Kand are:
live and communicate with saints who are pious in heart and deed.
- To listen
and tell the story and saying of the Lord.
do humble and pride-less service of the lotus feet of one's preceptor
sing the Lord's praises with guileless heart.
keep muttering the Lord's name with unwavering faith.
practice self-control and virtue, desist from manifold activities and
always pursue the course of conduct laid down for the saints.
see the world full of the Lord without distinction and reckon the saints
as even greater than the Lord Himself.
remain content with whatever one gets and never think of finding faults
be simple, guileless and straight in one's dealing with everybody &
cherish implicit faith in Lord without either exultation or depression.
Lord Ram tells Sabri that those
who possess even any one out of the 9 forms of Bhakti (devotion), be they
women or men or any creature - sentient or insentient- are very dear to Him.