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Sri Sankara Vijayam - 15
« on: August 01, 2009, 01:13:55 PM »
Bhaja Govindam continues.....

17. Though for the sake of his salvation,
Man may go a pilgrimage to Ganga-sagara,
Keeps his vows, and give to the poor,
Failing the knowledge of the Highest,
Nothing of this assures him freedom,
Even in the span of a hundred lives.
Worship Govinda, Worship Govinda,
Worship Govinda, foolish one!
Rules of grammar profit nothing
Once the hour of death draws nigh.

(Courtesy:  English translation of Swami Nikhilananda,
Sri Ramakrishna Math.) 

The phrase Moha mruthukaram, means breaking the mountain
of delusion with a iron log.  Sankara advised the old brahmin
to go for prayers and meditation, instead of reading grammar
and memorizing the sutras at such an age.  The death is always
coming behind us.  The urgency is to under God or the Self.

When Rama left for jungle, Bharata followed him and wept and asked him to return.  Rama said that only death is following us for ever.
One cannot follow life's pleasures to attain salvation.  When some
one asked Bhagavan Ramana:  How to remove attachment?
Bhagavan Ramana said:  Understand that the Self is ever attached.
Then all the attachments will automatically go. 

Nothing is permanent.  Health fades away.  Senility comes in.
Death stares at us.  One forgets everything in life, how to wear
a trouser or comb the hair in senile age.  Frederick Nietzshe was
having some brain dysfunction.  He was lying in bed.  One friend
came to his bedside and thought that if he could read Nietzshe's
own works, perhaps he would recollect and recoup his memory.
He read Thus Spake Zarathustra ( a classic by Nietzshe written
when he was hardly 35!).  Nietzshe heard for some time and
asked his friend:  Who has written all these?  If that be the case,
how can the old man memorize Panini's grammar at that senile

Soon Sankara left Kasi and went further towards Himalayas.
Sanantana went with him.  He came to Badrikasramam via
Rishikesh and Hardwar.   In Rishikesh he found the image of
Yagnanatha.  He knew immediately that it was not the original
image.  He sits for meditation and found that the original image
had been thrown away by some miscreants into Ganga.  He identified that place and recovered and installed it.  He then came to the
Lakshmajula where Vidhura had done penance.  He then mentally
remembered Vidhura's noble life and meditated there for a few days.

Sankara then came to Devaprayag, where Mandakini joins Ganga
and Bhagirathi and becomes one confluence.  Beyond Devaprayag,
it is called Deva bhoomi, the place of gods.

Arunachala Siva.