This is the second discourse of the six in the Bhaj Govindam series. The verses elucidated in the talk are as follows. Given for your reading pleasure and reference:
बालस्तावत् क्रीडासक्तः, तरुणस्तावत् तरुणीसक्तः। वृद्धस्तावत् चिन्तामग्नः पारे ब्रह्मणि कोऽपि न लग्नः ॥7॥ Children are busy playing, and youth, gratifying. The old are busy worrying. No one seems to have time for God. का ते कांता कस्ते पुत्रः, संसारोऽयं अतीव विचित्रः। कस्य त्वं कः कुत अयातः तत्त्वं चिन्तय यदिदं भ्रातः ॥8॥ Who is your partner or son? In this peculiar world, think over your own source of origin and your real identity. सत्संगत्वे निःसंगत्वं, निःसंगत्वे निर्मोहत्वं। निर्मोहत्वे निश्चलतत्त्वं निश्चलतत्त्वे जीवन्मुक्तिः ॥9॥ Wise company with the noble arouses dispassion and that leads to non-attachment. With non-attachment comes stability and knowledge, and that leads to liberation. वयसि गते कः कामविकारः शुष्के नीरे कः कासारः। क्षीणे वित्ते कः परिवारो ज्ञाते तत्त्वे कः संसारः ॥10॥ Infirmity takes away sensual pleasures. A pond ceases to be so without water. Just like a family scrambles with dissipating wealth, the illusory world disappears upon self realization. मा कुरु धन-जन-यौवन-गर्वं, हरति निमेषात्कालः सर्वम्। मायामयमिदमखिलं हित्वा ब्रह्म पदं त्वं प्रविश विदित्वा ॥11॥ Your friends, youth, wealth and pride — all that boost your ego will be snatched by Death in a jiffy. This world is an illusion, an elaborate construction of non-substance. Aim for the highest goal.
Bhaj Govindam 1
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 3
Shankaracharya urges us to reflect on our actions. Life continues to move while most people are stuck in their desires, goals, and hopes. Why do you do what you do? Reflect on your actions. 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.