Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Bhaja Govindam - Sloka 15

Hari Aum

Prostrations to my Guru. Prostrations to All.


“angam galitham palitham mundam
Dhashanaviheenam jaatham thundam
Vridho yaathi graheethva dhandam
Thadhapi na munchathi aashaa pindam”

Word Meaning:
Angam: the body
Galitham: worn out
Palitham: has turned grey
Mundam: the head (the hair)
Dhashana viheenam: toothless
Jaatham: has become
Thundam; the mouth
vriDhaha: the old man
yaathi: moves about
graheethva: having teken
dhandam: his staff
thadhapi: even then
na: never
munchathi: leaves
aashaa pindam: the bundle of desires

The body has become worn out. The head has turned grey. The mouth has become toothless. The old man moves about leaning on his staff. Even then he leaves not the bundle of his desires.

When a person is young, he has lot of energy in him and desires to enjoy the pleasure given by the sense objects of the world. It is but natural that the young people will have lot of energy to enjoy the sense pleasure, but as the age goes, the body loses the strength and energy that it had during the young age in enjoying the sense pleasures. Though the person had already experienced the sense pleasures many times, there might still be desires in the mind of that person to enjoy it again. Satisfying all the desires is not possible because once the desire is fulfilled and the happiness is enjoyed, there might be thought of enjoying the pleasure again. Thus it is not really possible to satisfy all the desires of one.

When a person becomes old, it will be physically difficult for him to perform many actions that he was doing when he was young. Even at those times of inability to perform many actions, the desires in his mind don’t go. There will be desires in his mind to enjoy the sense pleasures of the world. The main goal of everyone is only happiness that never vanishes. This goal of happiness is seeked through the objects of the world forgetting that the objects of the world are temporary and cannot give eternal happiness. The objects of the world can never give eternal happiness because the objects of the world are only temporary and hence a temporary object cannot give permanent happiness. Thus we need to seek happiness from that which is permanent. Self alone is permanent and hence seeking that Reality and realizing it alone can give permanent happiness.

Prostrations to all

Hari Aum



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