murkha karma kare svarga hita kaha bama
jnani mukti dhama paye, bhakta hari dhama
The ignorant follow the path of karma to attain the celestial abodes. The jnanis follow the path of jnana to attain liberation while the bhakta follows the path of bhakti to attain the divine abode of God.
veda dharma palana te mile svarga dhama
shyam prema te hi mile goloka bama
By performing rites and rituals one can attain only the celestial abodes and not Goloka, the divine abode of God. Goloka can be attained only through devotion.
nindaniya devi deva bhakti nishkama
vandaniya shyama shyam bhaktihun sakama
Devotion to the celestial gods is always condemned even if it is selfless, whereas devotion to Shyama Shyam is always praiseworthy even if it is done for one's personal pleasure.
Originally written in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
Shyama Shyam Geet, couplets 48-50