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Bhaja Govindam

Bhaja Govindam


 M S Subbulakshmi, Radha Viswanathan





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Lyrics of Bhaja Govindam by SrinivasanPosted:2012-09-22 10:32:53
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Adhi Shankaracharya wrote a number of vedantic works for imparting knowledge of the self and the universal spirit. He also composed a number of hymns to foster Bhakthi in the hearts of men. One of these hymns is the famous Bhaja govindaM. The way of devotion, is not different from the way of knowledge or gnyana. When intelligence matures and lodges securely in the mind, it becomes wisdom. When wisdom is integrated with life and issues out in action, it becomes bhakthi. Knowledge, when it becomes fully mature is bhakthi. If it doesnot get transformed into bhakthi, such knowledge is useless tinsel. To believe that gnyana and bhakthi, knowledge and devotion are different from each other, is ignorance. If Sri Adi Shankara himself who drank the ocean of gnyana as easily as one sip water from the palm of one's hand, sang in his later years, hymns to develop devotion, it is enough to show that gnyana and bhakthi are one and the same. Sri Shankara has packed into the Bhaja govindaM song: the substance of all vedanta, and set the oneness of gnyana and bhakthi to melodious music.

bhaja govindaM

bhajagovindaM bhajagovindaM govindaM bhajamuuDhamate

saMpraapte sannihite kaale nahi nahi rakshati DukR^iJNkaraNe .. 1..

Worship Govinda, worship Govinda, worship Govinda,

Oh fool ! Rules of grammar will not save you at the time of your death.

mUDha jahiihi dhanaagamatR^ishhNaaM

kuru sadbuddhiM manasi vitR^ishhNaam.h .

yallabhase nijakarmopaattaM

vittaM tena vinodaya chittam.h .. 2..

Oh fool ! Give up your thrist to amass wealth, devote your mind to thoughts to the Real .

Be content with what comes through actions already performed in the past.

yaavadvittopaarjana saktaH

staavannija parivaaro raktaH .

pashchaajjiivati jarjara dehe

vaartaaM ko.api na pR^ichchhati gehe .. 3..

So long as a man is fit and able to support his family, see what affection all those around him show .

But no one at home cares to even have a word with him when his body totters due to old age.

maa kuru dhana jana yauvana garvaM

harati nimeshhaatkaalaH sarvam.h .

maayaamayamidamakhilaM hitvaa

brahmapadaM tvaM pravisha viditvaa .. 4..

Do not boast of wealth, friends, and youth . Each one of these are destroyed within a minute by time .

Free yourself from the illusion of the world of Maya and attain the timeless Truth.

sura ma.ndira taru muula nivaasaH

shayyaa bhuutala majinaM vaasaH .

sarva parigraha bhoga tyaagaH

kasya sukhaM na karoti viraagaH .. 5..

Take your residence in a temple or below a tree, wear the

deerskin for the dress, and sleep with mother earth as your

bed . Give up all attachments and renounce all comforts . Blessed

with such vairgya, could any fail to be content ?

Stanza attributed to nityaananda.

bhagavad.h giitaa kiJNchidadhiitaa

gaN^gaa jalalava kaNikaapiitaa .

sakR^idapi yena muraari samarchaa

kriyate tasya yamena na charchaa .. 6..

Let a man read but a little from giitaa, drink just a drop of water from the ganges, worship but once muraari .

He then will have no altercation with Yama . Stanza attributed to dRiDhabhakta.

punarapi jananaM punarapi maraNaM

punarapi jananii jaThare shayanam.h .

iha saMsaare bahudustaare

kR^ipayaa.apaare paahi muraare .. 7..

Born again, death again, again to stay in the mother's womb !

It is indeed hard to cross this boundless ocean of samsaara . Oh Murari !

Redeem me through Thy mercy. Stanza attributed to nityanaatha.

geyaM giitaa naama sahasraM

dhyeyaM shriipati ruupamajasram.h .

neyaM sajjana saN^ge chittaM

deyaM diinajanaaya cha vittam.h .. 8..

Regularly recite from the Gita, meditate on Vishnu in your heart, and chant His thousand glories .

Take delight to be with the noble and the holy .

Distribute your wealth in charity to the poor and the needy.

Stanza attributed to sumatir.

arthamanarthaM bhaavaya nityaM

naastitataH sukhaleshaH satyam.h .

putraadapi dhana bhaajaaM bhiitiH

sarvatraishhaa vihiaa riitiH .. 9..

Wealth is not welfare, truly there is no joy in it . Reflect thus at all times .

A rich man fears even his own son . This is the way of wealth everywhere.

gurucharaNaambuja nirbhara bhakataH

saMsaaraadachiraadbhava muktaH .

sendriyamaanasa niyamaadevaM

drakshyasi nija hR^idayasthaM devam.h .. 31..

Oh devotee of the lotus feet of the Guru ! May thou be soon free from Samsara .

Through disciplined senses and controlled mind, thou shalt come to experience the indwelling Lord of your heart !

Worship Govinda, worship Govinda, worship Govinda,

Oh fool ! Other than chanting the Lord's names, there is no other way to cross the life's ocean.

Lyrics of Bhaja Govindam by SrinivasanPosted:2012-09-22 10:32:53