Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Bhaja Govindam - Sloka 3

Hari Aum

Prostrations to my Guru. Prostrations to All.


naari= woman;
sthanabara= breasts that are;
naaBhidesham=navel region;
drishtvaa= having seen;
maagaa= Don't+go;
mohaavesham= infatuated state
ethan= this;
maamsavasaadhi=, flesh etc;
vikaaram= appearance
manasi= in the mind;
vichinthaya= think well;
vaaram= again;
vaaram= and again;

Do not get drowned in delusion by going wild with passions and
lust by seeing a woman's navel and chest . These are nothing but
a modification of flesh . Fail not to remember this again and
again in your mind.

In the previous sloka, Shankara told to give up the thirst for the possessing more and more wealth. In this verse, he tells to give up the desire to enjoy the sensual pleasures. All pleasures of the world are only for the time being, it will vanish after sometime. Therefore it is not worth to desire for those short lived pleasures. Only that which is permanent alone can give permanent happiness. The Ultimate Reality of Brahman alone is the Real, and rest all are unreal. When we realize our own nature of Self, then there will always be Bliss. When we realize our own nature of Self, then there will not be any desire to seek happiness outside as the happiness is our very own nature. Therefore it is important that we turn our mind inward and constantly contemplate on the Self.

The objects of the world don’t have any happiness. It is only the mind which thinks that object of the world will give happiness. With the modification of like and dislike, he seeks the objects of the world in order to get the happiness. But when the mind is turned inwards, and when one has the constant contemplation on the Self, such a person will see only the Self in every being and every being as ones own Self. when a person sees everything as ones own Self, then there will be no desire to possess it and there will only be eternal bliss of the Self. Therefore worship Govinda.

Prostrations to all

Hari Aum



Blogger vedanta said...


Prostrations to all.

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa uses Kamini and Kanchanam very frequently in his discussions with spiritual aspirants (as found in the gospel written by Mahendranath Gupta). We find this thought from upanishadic time itself & this is what Sankara stresses in the 2nd and 3rd sloka of Bhaja Govindam. The second sloka speaks about wealth whereas this sloka (3rd one) speaks about women.....

These two are the most dangerous passions in life & which stand as an obstruction to realization of the Self.

Wealth-passion can be overcome by being content with what we have and realizing that they are temporary whereas women-passion (it need not be women alone - it just means physical pleasure in general as for a woman, she might be attracted towards a man) can be overcome by knowing that the body is made up of the same fat and other stuff that we see in animals or any being in the world. Shape does differ but content doesn't differ -- whoever be the person, but the body is bound to change & Sankara will go on to say that a wife fears the body of the husband once the vital air or prana leaves the body (what we call as death).

Thus once a person gets rid of kaamini and kanchana (kanchana is literally translated as wealth which includes all sense objects & not just money alone), there is no distraction & hence he is able to contemplate on the reality progressing fast in the path of spirituality.

Prostrations to all.


Let a moment not pass by without remembering God

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