Devotion to me is considered as the bestower of worldly pleasures and salvation. It is achieved only by my grace.
There is no difference between devotion and perfect knowledge. A person who is engrossed in devotion enjoys perpetual happiness. Perfect knowledge never descends in a vicious person averse to devotion.
According to scholars O Goddess, the nine ancillary adjuncts (Of devotion) are:
Listening, eulogizing, remembering, serving, surrendering, worshipping, saluting, friendliness and dedication.
These nine adjuncts to be devotion to me, I cause perfect knowledge, bestow worldly pleasures and salvation and are pleasing to me.
A true devotion is as endearing to me as to you (Parvati). It is productive of the fruits of all rites forever. He who has it in his mind is a great favorite of mine.
In the Kali age as in all the four Yugas there is immediate and visible benefit in devotion. I am subservient to a devotee in view of the power of devotion.
I always assist a man endowed with devotion and remove his obstacles. A person devoid of devotion is worthy of being punished. There is no doubt about it.
He attain peace, who does not see any difference among the three deities (Brahma, Visnu, Siva) who constitute the soul of all living beings and who have the same innate property.
I have the feeling of endearment towards devotees. I drank up poison for the welfare of the Gods, O Gods; the miseries of the Gods have always been removed by me.
Whenever any devotee of mine is involved in any adversity, I remove it instantaneously and completely.
I am not lost to him nor is he lost to me who offers unto me with devotion, even a leaf a flower, a fruit or mere water.
Just as I have nothing to be achieved since I am perfect, so also they (true devotees of Siva) have nothing to be attained because they are contented. It is undoubtedly so.
Of what avail is this talk?
By whatever means it may be, fixing of the mind in me is the only way to achieve welfare.
I am the protector of my devotees.
I was not a party to the evil action of Ravana (through he was my devotee). For the sake of another devotee (Rama) I discarded Ravana with all his followers.
Why shall I say more, O Goddess, I am always subservient to a devotee, always under the control of a person who practices devotion. There is no doubt in this.
Four kinds of meritorious persons worship me always. The latter are greater than the former.
They are- the distressed the inquisitive, the fortune seeker and the wise. The first kind is ordinary and the fourth one is an extraordinary person.
The wise among these four is a great favorite of mine. He is of my own form. None is dearer to me than the wise. It is the truth. I tell you the truth.
Deluded men engrossed in rituals alone cannot attain me through the Vedas, sacrifices, gifts or austerities.
Even as an ordinary man does not consider his head, hands and other limbs as separate from his own self, so also my follower does not feel separateness about living beings.
I cannot be enticed either by holy rites, or penance or Japas or postures or knowledge or any means except faith.
Hence faith shall be sought and acquired by him who desires to subject me to his control.
I take externally or internally only devotion into consideration
That activity of the soul of which is devotion, O gentle lady, is my eternal Dharma. It shall be performed without yearning for the fruit therefore mentally, verbally and physically.
They mention about eight traits for those authorized in Dharma, the noble souls who have dedicated their minds unto me without having recourse to anyone else, those who have a favorable disposition to my devotees, who encourage my worship or offer worship to me themselves or perform all activities of the body for my sake or have interest in listening to my stories, flutter in tones, eyes and limbs, remember me perpetually or surrender to me completely.
My devotee abides by the Sattva guna.
O lotus-born one. I can be controlled by faith alone. I am to be meditated upon in the Linga, which both you (Brahma) and Visnu beheld in the ocean.
I declare that I am subject control by means of devotion alone. I can be indeed be seen thereby.
Faith is the greatest and the subtlest virtue. It is perfect knowledge and sacrifice; it is penance, heaven and liberation. I am always seen through faith.
Understanding that things of the world are subject to decay and destruction one shall always have a concentrated devotion in Lord Siva.
My devotees shall be free from all attachments, shall consider me as the greatest resort, be endowed with perfect knowledge, and become an expert in the rites laid down in the Srutis and Smrits.
He shall be devoted to the preceptor, meritorious, eminently qualified and always devoted to Yoga.
Knowledge (Jnana) and Detachment (Vairagya) have grown old and lost their luster in the Kali age. They have become old and decayed and worn out, as people who can grasp them are very rare.
There is no other path as easy and pleasing as devotion in the three worlds, O Goddess of devas, in all the four Yugas generally and in the Kali Yuga particularly.
I am always subservient to a devotee, always under the control of a person who practices devotion. Have no doubt of this.
O goddess, resorting to me with the fruit in view is easily feasible, since the seeker of the fruit can abandon me in case there is no fruit.
O pious lady, I am the bestower of fruits in accordance with the extant of devotion even to him, who though seeking fruits, keeps his mind well established in me.
Those devotees are dearer to me whose minds are attached to me without reference to fruits but who may later on solicit favors.
Dearer unto me are those who resort to me with abject helplessness, unmindful of fruition or otherwise due to the impressions of previous actions.
Verily, they do not acquire any further gain than acquiring me. O Goddess, my gain too is nothing else but acquiring them into my fold.
Their piety dedicated unto me due my blessings is compelled to bestow the fruit on them, the fruit being the great beatitude.