Adi Shankaracharya Bhaja Govindam
Seek Govinda! Seek Govinda! Seek Govinda!
Oh ignoramus, at the time of death the rules of grammer, which you
are trying to cram and master, will not be able to rescue you at
Oh, Fool! give up your insatiable desire
for earthly possessions; be sensible and develop serenity and
contentment. Be satisfied and happy with whatever you may earn by
the sweat of your brow and whatever has destiny marked for your lot.
Enticed by the physical glamour of a
woman, do not lose your senses; the body is nothing but a
conglomeration of flesh, do not forget this any time.
The water droplet on the lotus leaf is
tremulous and unsteady. So too is life which is as uncertain. Know
the body to be in the claws of disease, which may swallow it at any
moment. Life is ultimately nothing but worry, misery and grief.
As long as you are fit to make an earning,
so long will your kith and kin be solicitous about you, but no
sooner your limbs become infirm and your earnings cease, none will
care for you, not even your own home-folk.
As long as there is life in your body,
your people may have concern for you, but once the life-breath ebbs
out of your body, even your own wife will run away from you.
Childhood skips off on sport and play.
Youth flies off in pursuits of love-making. As one grows older he is
drowned in worry about the security and future of his wife and
children. One's whole life gets spent in some kind of worry or
other. And at no stage does man find time to lift his thoughts to
Who indeed is your beloved and who indeed
is your son? Strange indeed are these family bonds; who belongs to
you and to whom you belong? whence did you come, Oh brother! Reflect
on the truth of it all.
The company of the good weans one away
from false atttachments; when attachment is lost, delusion ends;
when delusion ends, the mind becomes unwavering and steady. An
unwavering and steady mind is merited for Jeevan Mukti ( liberation
even in this life).
When youth is gone, where is lust and its
play? Where is the lake when its waters have dried up? Where are the
kinsfolk when riches are gone ? When Truth is realised, where is the
snare of Samsara?
Bhaja Govindam Songs -
Songs 11 - 20,
Songs 21 - 31
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