This is the third discourse of the six in the Bhaj Govindam series. The verses covered in the discourse are as follows.

दिनमपि रजनी सायं प्रातः शिशिरवसन्तौ पुनरायातः। कालः क्रीडति गच्छत्यायुः तदपि न मुञ्चति आशावायुः ॥12॥
The four periods of the day and various seasons follow each other. The firm stand of life is bowled over by the play of Death. You continue to be battered in the whirlwind of your desires however.

का ते कान्ता धनगतचिन्ता वातुल किं तव नास्ति नियन्ता। त्रिजगति सज्जन संगतिरेका भवति भवार्णवतरणे नौका ॥13॥
What is that burden of useless worries about woman and wealth you are carrying? Do you not have a mentor? Association with the saints is the ship to cross the samsaric ocean.

जटिलो मुण्डी लुञ्चित केशः काषायाम्बर-बहुकृतवेषः। पश्यन्नपि च न पश्यति मूढः उदरनिमित्तं बहुकृत शोकः ॥14॥
Matted locks or shaved heads, ochre robe or any other, everyone is working for a square meal anyway. You see that yet you choose to turn blind.

अङ्गं गलितं पलितं मुण्डं दशन विहीनं जातं तुण्डम्। वृद्धो याति गृहीत्वा दण्डं तदपि न मुञ्चति आशापिण्डम् ॥15॥
An old man of gnarled body, bald head and no teeth — he cannot even walk without clutches, yet he is established in the material world by holding on to his desires.

अग्रे वह्निः पृष्ठेभानुः रात्रौ चिबुक-समर्पित-जानुः। करतलभिक्षा तरुतलवासः तदपि न मुञ्चति आशापाशः ॥16॥
Fire from the front and sun from the rear are burning away your time. Practicing such austerities as living under the tree or on alms do not equate to release from the bondage.

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Bhaj Govindam  1 

Bhaj Govindam by Shankracharya is laced with profound and eternal wisdom. In this discourse, the first six verses are covered. Click here.

Bhaj Govindam 2

Understanding the reality. In this second of the six parts of Bhaj Govindam, listen to the exposition on the next six verses of this Stotra. Click here.

Bhaj Govindam 4

Acquire true knowledge. Shankaracharya says -Your salvation depends on your state of mind, your karma. Realization of truth can help you live in this world with peace and bliss. Click here.

Bhaj Govindam  5

Have you ever wondered who are you and what you are holding on to? Hear the exposition on the verses to reflect on their deep wisdom. Click here.

Bhaj Govindam 6

Shankracharya urges us to exercise surrender, meditate, and work towards the real goal of human life — Salvation. Click here.



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