Bhaja Govindam

Many of us want to read Bhagavad Gita and other scriptures, but have excuses like:

“I want to, but currently busy with life, so may be some day, when I am free”

“Oh that is for the retired people, I will read it when I get old”

“I have to achieve so much in life, I want bigger house, bigger car, properties etc; once I have that, I will think about spiritual progress”

“I have to take care of my family, children, and have beautiful/handsome partner, so want to enjoy the life first”

“Why read all this stuff, I am already happy in my life”


In case you need some reality check, need some whipping, or some help in getting priorities right, read Bhaj-Govindam.

Bhaja-Govindam is a hard hitting, to-the-point, composition by Adi Shankara, to help people understand, how they are focusing on wrong things, and how they should get it fixed.


Few stanzas to make you intreated in reading it:

नलिनीदलगत जलमतितरलं तद्वज्जीवितमतिशयचपलं । विद्धि व्याध्यभिमानग्रस्तं लोकं शोकहतं च समस्तम् ।
The life of a person is as uncertain as rain drops trembling on a lotus leaf. Know that the whole world remains a prey to disease, ego and grief.

मा कुरु धन जन यौवन गर्वं हरति निमेषात्कालः सर्वम् । मायामयमिदमखिलं हित्वा ब्रह्मपदं त्वं प्रविश विदित्वा ।
Do not boast of wealth, friends, and youth. Each one of these are destroyed within a minute by time. Free yourself from the illusion of the world of Maya and attain the timeless Truth.

अङ्गं गलितं पलितं मुण्डं दशनविहीनं जतं तुण्डम् । वृद्धो याति गृहीत्वा दण्डं तदपि न मुञ्चत्याशापिण्डम् ।
Strength has left the old man’s body; his head has become bald, his gums toothless and leaning on crutches. Even then the attachment is strong and he clings firmly to fruitless desires.

पुनरपि जननं पुनरपि मरणं पुनरपि जननी जठरे शयनम् । इह संसारे बहुदुस्तारे कृपयाऽपारे पाहि मुरारे ।
Born again, death again, again to stay in the mother’s womb ! It is indeed hard to cross this boundless ocean of samsara. Oh Murari ! Redeem me through your mercy.


Listen this beautiful composition in beautiful voice of MS Subalakshmi on youtube :