Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Bhaja Govindam - Sloka 12

Hari Aum

Prostrations to my Guru. Prostrations to All.

“dhinyaminyao saayampraathaha
Shishiravasanthao punaraayaathaha
kaalaha kreedathi gaChathyayuhu
thadhapina munjathi aashaa vaayuhu”

Word Meaning:
dhinayaminyou: day and night
saayampraathaha: dawn and dusk
shishiravasanthao: winter and spring
punaha: again
aayaathaha: come
kaalaha: time
kreedathi: sports
gaChathi: ebbs away life
vaayuhu: life
thadhapi: and yet
na: not
munjathi: leaves
aashaa vaayuhu: gust of desire

“Day and night, dusk and dawn, winter and spring again and again come (and go). Time sports and life ebbs away. And yet, one leaves not the gusts of desire”

The time of day ends at night, the time of night ends when the sun rises in the morning. The dawn reaches its peak during noon and ends its period at the time of dusk. Time slowly moves away in our life. Whatever we have been thinking as future becomes the present and soon becomes the past. But for a person, who constantly searches for happiness in the world, never gives a thought about it but continues to search happiness from the objects of the world.

Most of man’s life time goes away in search of the pleasure from the objects of the world. He might even get the objects that he desire, but still his desire doesn’t end, he desires for something higher than he acquired thinking that would give him more happiness than he gets from the object he acquired. The extroverted mind, which constantly dwells upon the objects of the world, forgets to discriminate that the objects of the world are temporary and is not permanent. In the previous sloka, Shankara clearly told that all objects are not permanent and hence would end in a matter of time. But still, the mind which yearns for the pleasure from the world, always desire to possess the objects of the world. Since the desires don’t end for an extroverted, the person goes from birth to birth in doing actions to satisfy the desires and also enjoying the results of the actions he does.

The world and the objects are not permanent they are ever changing and hence are only temporary. We have to understand that none of the objects of the world can give permanent happiness because of its temporary nature. Only that which is permanent alone can give permanent happiness. Self alone is permanent and hence it alone can give permanent happiness. If this is understood and there by if we have constant thought of the Self, that is only way to over come the delusion with the objects of the world. So instead of having the strong attachment with the objects of the world, we need to have strong attachment with the Self.

Prostrations to all

Hari Aum



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