Thursday, October 26, 2006

Bhaja Govindam - Sloka 28

Hari Aum

Prostrations to my Guru. Prostrations to All.


“suKhathaha kriyathae raamaaBhogaha
pashchaaDhantha shareerae rogaha
yadhyapi lokae maranam sharanam
thadhapi na munchathi paapaacharanam”

Word Meaning:
suKhathaha: for sake of happiness
kriyathae: (is done) or one indulges
raamaa Bhogaha: carnal pleasures
pashchaath: later on
hanthaha: alas
shareerae: in the body
rogaha: disease (comes)
yadhyapi: even though
lokae: in the world
maranam: death
sharanam: (is) the ultimate end
thadhapi: even then
na: (he) does not
munchathi: leaves
papa aacharanam: sinful behavior

“Very readily one indulges in carnal pleasures, later on, alas come diseases of the body. Even though in the world the ultimate end is death, even then man leaves not his sinful behavior. “

In this verse acharya gives the effect of indulging in the sense pleasures. The very nature of the mind is extroverted. When the mind through the sense organs experiences the objects of the world, then desires to possess it. Once the person enjoys the pleasure got from the object that he obtained, his mind then again desires for the pleasure and hence the hunt for the short lived pleasure through the objects of the world doesn’t end. The desire and the pleasure got out of the desire that got satisfied becomes the Vasana in the mind and thus makes the person to desire for more and more pleasure. The Maya is so powerful that it will pull the man more and more away from the Reality, the reason is that when there is more and more thoughts other than the Reality, the mind gets more and more away from the Reality.

Though lots of actions are performed to satisfy the desires of the mind, there will be always be a thought that whatever is achieved is not enough. Trying to satisfy the desires is like pouring ghee over the fire, it will only increase the anxiety and desire to do more action. Such a person even at the time of death thinks feels that some of his desires are not yet satisfied. The only way to overcome this is only by removing all the desire from the mind. It may not be possible for a person to suddenly overcome the desires and hence such people have to perform action by offering the action to the Lord. Offering actions to the Lord is associated with the constant thought of the Lord will purify the mind of the person. Only Pure mind will be able to apprehend the subtle truth of the Reality and hence such a person by the grace of the Guru, will be able to Realize ones own nature of Self. When the mind becomes pure, all desires vanishes and there will only be a constant thought of the Reality and ultimately it comes to the stage where the person will renounce all the desires. Only when the person renounces all his desire, will he be able to realize ones own nature of Self.

Ramana Says in Upadesha Saaram,
“Ishwara arpitam na icchayaa kritam
Chitta shodhakam mukti sadhakam”

Work which is performed as an offering to the Almighty and done without any expectation for the fruits – helps in purification of mind & thereby leads one to liberation or realization.

Krishna says in Gita
Yad Karoshi Yad Asnaasi Yad Juhoosi Dadaasi yad
Yad Tapasyasi Kaunteya Tad Kurushva Mad Arpanam

O Arjuna, whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever yajna or sacrifice you do, whatever daana you give, whatever austerities you do – do it by offering it to ME

Prostrations to all

Hari Aum



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