Gītā-mālā
(A Garland of Songs)

Chapter Four
Śrī Śrī Rūpānuga-bhajana-darpaṇa
(A Mirror Reflecting the Worship Which Follows Śrīla Rūpa Goswāmī)

Song 5

(1)
śraddhā-debi nāma jāra    duiti swabhāba tāra
bidhi-mūla ruci-mūla bhede
śāstrera śāsana jabe     śraddhāra udoya ho’be
baidhī śraddhā tāre bole bede

 1) The presiding deity of devotional faith called Śraddhā Devī, and she has two principle characteristics… one is executed according to rules, and the other according to tastes. First of all, when devotional faith arises due to fear of the rules and regulations given in the revealed scriptures, then that type of faith is known throughout the Vedas as vaidhi-śraddhā, or faith situated in regulation.

(2)
braja-bāsī sebe kṛṣṇe    sei śuddha-sebā dṛṣṭe
jabe hoya śraddhāra udoya
lobhamoyī śraddhā satī    rāgānugā śuddhā mati
bahu bhāgye sādhaka labhoya

 2) Secondly, sometimes one’s faith flourishes in a similar way as that of the residents of Vraja, who all render service to Kṛṣṇa with a purely spontaneous service attitude. Faith that concentrates on Kṛṣṇa exclusively with such intense greed to satisfy Him is the chastest form of faith. Such a pure, spontaneous service attitude is called rāgānuga-śraddhā, and a practicing devotee who worships in this way attains the most auspicious spiritual position.

(3)
śraddhā-bhede bhakti-bhede    gāitecheche catur-beda
baidhī rāgānugā bhakti dwoya
sādhana-samoye jaiche    siddhi-kāle prāpti taiche
ei-rūpa bhakti-śāstre koya

 3) Due to different types of faith, these different divisions of devotional service exist. Thus the four Vedas sing of these two types of devotion… regulative service and spontaneous service. According to these different types of sādhana, one accordingly attains different perfections, which are all mentioned comprehensively in the revealed scriptures of devotional service.

(4)
baidhī bhakti dhīra gati   rāgānugā tībra ati
ati śīghra rasābasthā pāya
rāga-bartma-su-sādhane   ruci hoya jāra mane
rūpānuga hoite sei dhāya

4) Vaidhi-bhakti progresses very slowly toward the goal, but rāgānuga-bhakti moves extremely fast, and enables one to be quickly situated in the tasty transcendental mellows. By following the path of spontaneous devotional service, real taste awakens in one’s mind, and he runs and chases after that current which flows from the lotus feet of Śrīla Rūpa Goswāmī.