Bhaja Govindam – An Introduction

Adi Shankaracharya’s works Composed by the great saint Sri Adi Shankaracharya, Bhaja Govindam is one of the most lucid yet insightful works of Vedanta. Some of the other magnificent works on Vedanta by Adi Shankaracharya are the Vivekachudamani and Atmabodha. He combined his scientific knowledge of the subject with deep devotion to produce brilliant compositions. […]

Bhaja Govindam – Verse 1

Translation Worship the Spirit, worship the Spirit, worship the Spirit, O Fool! For grammar rules (material pursuits) will not protect you when the appointed time arrives. […]

Bhaja Govindam – Verse 2

Translation O Fool, abandon the greed for acquiring wealth. Entertain the thought of Reality in the mind, free from passion. Let the mind be content with whatever wealth you obtain by your own actions. […]

Bhaja Govindam – Verse 3

Translation  Do not get infatuated seeing a lady’s bosom or navel. It is a modification of flesh, fat, etc. Reflect in your mind over and over again. […]

Bhaja Govindam – Verse 4

Translation  As water on a lotus leaf is very unstable, life is extremely unsteady. Know that the whole world is stricken with disease and arrogance and afflicted with sorrow. […]

Bhaja Govindam – Verse 5

Translation  As long as you are able to acquire wealth, your retinue will follow you. Afterwards, when your body is worn out, nobody will so much as speak to you in your own home. […]

Bhaja Govindam – Verse 6

Translation  As long as the body breathes, people at home inquire about your welfare. When the breath is gone and the body destroyed, even the wife fears that very body. […]

Bhaja Govindam – Verse 7

Translation  As a child one is attached to play, as a youth one is attached to a young lady, the elderly one is attached to worry. Nobody is attached to supreme Brahman.   […]