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Bhaja Govindam by Sri Shankaracharya - Final Part
« on: June 12, 2010, 12:01:11 PM »

kurute gangaasaagaragamanam
vrataparipaalanamathavaa daanam
gyaanavihinah sarvamatena
muktim na bhajati janmashatena

One may go to the Ganga, observe fasts, and give away riches in charity! Yet, devoid of jnana, nothing can give mukthi even at the end of a hundred births.

Note:Sri Sundara Chaitanya Swami says with karma we cannot get liberation as karma and ignorance are not enemies but only friends.

We do social service or any good karma(action) hoping to get liberation(self-realisation) but not knowing that self-realisation is nothing but we should eradicate ignorance in us.


sura mandira taru muula nivaasah
shayyaa bhuutala majinam vaasah
sarva parigraha bhoga tyaagah
kasya sukham na karoti viraagah

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 vairagya, could any fail to be content?

Note:Sri Sundara Chaitanya Swami says true happiness lies in independence. Dependence is misery.


yogarato vaabhogaratovaa
sangarato vaa sangaviihinah
yasya brahmani ramate chittam
nandati nandati nandatyeva

One may take delight in yoga or bhoga, may have attachment or detachment. But only he whose mind steadily delights in Brahman enjoys bliss, no one else.

Note:Sri Sundara Chaitanya Swami says jnanis mind always will be in brahman whatever work they do.That is the reason some jnanis like swami vivekananda think to teach others but few jnanis like ramana maharshi think it is better to be silent rather than teaching in public places.


bhagavad giitaa kijnchidadhiitaa
gangaa jalalava kanikaapiitaa
sakridapi yena muraari samarchaa
kriyate tasya yamena na charchaa

Let a man read but a little from the Bhagavad-Gita, drink just a drop of water from the Ganga, worship Murari (Krishna) just once. He then will have no altercation with Yama (the lord of death).

Note:Sri Sundara Chaitanya Swami says Ganga is not only river but jnana also.Once Akbar asked birlal which is the best river and birbal said Yamuna.Then akbar was astonished and asked why not ganga.Then birbal said because lord krishna was there in yamuna so yamuna river is sacred and best and moreover ganga is not a river but jnana.


punarapi jananam punarapi maranam
punarapi jananii jathare shayanam
iha samsaare bahudustaare
kripayaa apaare paahi muraare

Born again, death again, birth again to stay in the mother's womb! It is indeed hard to cross this boundless ocean of samsara. Oh Murari! Redeem me through Thy mercy.

Sri Sundara Chaitanya Swami says there is one upanishad called garba Upanishad which is used for infant who is about to come from mother's womb.This Upanishad explains in detail about the conception and growth of a child in the mother’s womb.

More details in the below website

Everyone has fear about death and it is the highest fear humans have in their life.


rathyaa charpata virachita kanthah
punyaapunya vivarjita panthah
yogii yoganiyojita chitto
ramate baalonmattavadeva

There is no shortage of clothing for a monk so long as there are rags cast off the road. Freed from vice and virtue, onward he wanders. One who lives in communion with God enjoys bliss, pure and uncontaminated, like a child and as someone intoxicated.

Note: Sri Sundara Chaitanya Swami says Here rags means torn clothes(raggu ante bonta type) found on the road side.

Adults do every action by thinking what gain he will get.Example: before opening any bank account we will ask what benefits we will get etc.

He says in light lien Picchi leni padi mandi "Picchi" gurinchi pichhigaa matladatamee "Pichhi".


kastvam ko.aham kuta aayaatah
kaa me jananii ko me taatah
iti paribhaavaya sarvamasaaram
vishvam tyaktvaa svapna vichaaram

Who are you? Who am I? From where do I come? Who is my mother, who is my father? Ponder thus, look at everything as essence-less and give up the world as an idle dream.

Note: Sri Sundara Chaitanya Swami says when we give some advice to anyone if he likes that advice he tells that from where did you get this wonderful thought sir. So it is clear that mind is responsible for all our thoughts. So we are existence-consciousness-bliss.


tvayi mayi chaanyatraiko vishhnuh
vyartham kupyasi mayyasahishhnuh
bhava samachittah sarvatra tvam
vaajnchhasyachiraadyadi vishhnutvam

In me, in you and in everything, none but the same Vishnu dwells. Your anger and impatience is meaningless. If you wish to attain the quality of Vishnu soon, have Sama Bhaava always.

Note: Sri Sundara Chaitanya Swami says annamacharya clearly belongs to Advaita Vedanta tradition.His devotional song "Brahmee Vokkati.." clearly shows the advaita vedanta essence.In deep sleep everyone is same and there is no world

Prasanth Jalasutram Commentary:

These days our generation are seeking instant results.because we have instant coffee,ATMs,microwaves etc we are becoming impatient these days and seeking instant results.

Our companion which is there always with us is mind only.Even our wife,children are all relative and will not be with us always.


shatrau mitre putre bandhau
maa kuru yatnam vigrahasandhau
sarvasminnapi pashyaatmaanam
sarvatrotsrija bhedaagyaanam

Do not waste your efforts to win the love of or to fight against friend and foe, children and relatives. See yourself in everyone and give up all feelings of duality completely.

Note: Sri Sundara Chaitanya Swami says our love,hatred in our friends and enemies are there in our mind only and not in them.

He says it is suggested to live in friendship with everyone in life but not to select few friends.

He says enemies are 2 types

a) sahetika (who are enemies with reason)
b) nirhetika enemies (who are enemies without reason maybe because of jealousy)

He says dvaitam means agnanam(ignorance).

He says whenever we are idle and have no work then try to do japa,imagine so that mind will not sit idle.



kaamam krodham lobham moham
tyaktvaa atmaanam bhaavaya ko aham
aatmagyaana vihiinaa muudhaah
te pachyante narakaniguudhaah

Give up lust, anger, infatuation, and greed. Ponder over your real nature. Fools are they who are blind to the Self. Cast into hell they suffer there endlessly.

Note: Sri Sundara Chaitanya Swami says We will get angry with one who does not agree with our desires.

Example: In our childhood we used to get angry with our father/mother who does not agree when we say that i want to go to movie.

Similarly mother-in-law will be angry with daughter-in-law because she wants love of our son to continue which got discontinued once her son got married.

He suggests to renounce kama,krodha,anger and be happy.


geyam giitaa naama sahasram
dhyeyam shriipati ruupamajasram
neyam sajjana sange chittam
deyam diinajanaaya cha vittam

Regularly recite from the Bhagavad-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.

Note: Sri Sundara Chaitanya Swami says

nadi(river) loo prayanam chesee vadiki kavali yeeta
jivita prayanam chesee vadiki kavali gita

Money if donated for devotional purposes is good.that is the reason why lakshmi devi is shown trying to press gently legs of lord vishnu.

Essence is lakshmi devi(money) is also dependent on lord vishnu who is sitting in adi shesha.


sukhatah kriyate raamaabhogah
pashchaaddhanta shariire rogah
yadyapi loke maranam sharanam
tadapi na mujnchati paapaacharanam

He who yields to lust for pleasure leaves his body a prey to disease. Though death brings an end to everything, man does not give up the sinful path.


arthamanartham bhaavaya nityam
naastitatah sukhaleshah satyam
putraadapi dhana bhaajaam bhiitih
sarvatraishhaa vihiaa riitih

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.

Note: This is my wife's favourite verse.

Note: Sri Sundara Chaitanya Swami says Even kamsa in Mahabharata has jailed his father Ugrasena.


praanaayaamam pratyaahaaram
nityaanitya vivekavichaaram
jaapyasameta samaadhividhaanam
kurvavadhaanam mahadavadhaanam

Regulate the pranas (life airs within), remain unaffected by external influences and discriminate between the real and the fleeting. Chant the holy name of God and silence the turbulent mind. Perform these with care, with extreme care.

Note: Sri Sundara Chaitanya Swami says praanaayaamam is helpful for the longevity of the body but it should not be the only aim of our life.

pratyaahaaram means as said in bhagavad gita we need to withdraw our senses from sense objects just as turtoise draws its limbs from its shell.


gurucharanaambuja nirbhara bhakatah
samsaaraadachiraadbhava muktah
sendriyamaanasa niyamaadevam
drakshyasi nija hridayastham devam

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!


muudhah kashchana vaiyaakarano
dukrijnkaranaadhyayana dhurinah
shriimachchhamkara bhagavachchhishhyai
bodhita aasichchhodhitakaranah

Thus was a silly grammarian lost in rules cleansed of his narrow vision and shown the Light by Shankara's apostles.


bhajagovindam bhajagovindam
govindam bhajamuudhamate
nahi pashyaamo bhavatarane

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.



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Re: Bhaja Govindam by Sri Shankaracharya - Final Part
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2010, 12:01:04 PM »

Karma will not confer liberation and this has been said by
Bhagavan in Verse 1 of Upadesa Undiyar.  On the contrary
good and bad karmas will sow the seeds for further actions
and shall never confer liberation, He says in Verse 2 of Upadesa

Sat-sangham.  Many times He has said that the true Sat Sangh is
being with Sat.  However He approved Sat Sangh with Jivan Muktas,
vide Verse 1 of ULLadu Narpadu, Supplement.    He again talks about Sadhus in Verse 3 and 4.  A sincere company with true Sadhus, will help one more than all niyama and nitya karmas.  The body heat will come down with the cool moon rays, poverty will
go away with acquisition of Karpaga Tree and Ganga will wash away the sins.  But a sincere devoted company with true Sadhu will do
all these in one go.  Body heat here also means the tapatraya. 

Arunachala Siva.