1) Pratham Bhagati Santan kar sangaa
Which means: The first step to devotion (Bhakti) is to keep company of the Saintly
2) Doosri rati mam kathaa prasangaa
Which means: The second step is to enjoy listening to discourses pertaining to the Lord.
3) Guru pankaj seva, teesri bhakti amaan
Which means: The third step, is to believe, humbly in Guru/God.
4) Chouthi Bhagati mam gun gaan, karai kapat tajee gaan
Which means: The fourth step is earnestly (without hypocrisy) sing the praises of the Lord.
5) Mantra jaap mam dridh Visvaasaa, Pancham, bhajan jo Ved Prakaasaa
Which means: Chant the Vedic Mantras with immense faith.
6) Chattha dasa seela birati bahu karmaa, nirat nirantara sajjan dharma
Which means: The sixth step is not to react in adverse circumstances, yet act, perform ones karma, like the great ones do.
7) Saatvam sam mohi main jag dekhaa, motey sant adhik kar lekhaa
Which means: The seventh step is to perceive the world as God Himself.
And believe the saintly to be greater than the Lord.
8) Aathva jathaa laabh santoshaa, sapneu nahin, dekhai par doshaa
Which means: 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. (In this state) one does not see fault in others, even in a dream.
9) Navam saral sab san chhal heena, mam bharos heenya harash na deenaa
Which means: In this state one has full faith in the Lord, becomes (child-like) simple with no hypocrisy. In this state, he does not fly high or sink low (but becomes equanimous).
Sri 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.