You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.
- Swami Vivekananda

Bhaja Govindam

Adi Shankaracharya has composed the Bhaja Govindam. The story goes that when he was walking along the streets of Kashi, he was pained to observe an elderly man trying hard to learn Sanskrit grammar.  At his advanced age, the remaining valuable little time of his life should have been used for worshipping the God, instead of wasting on learning a language. This prompted Sri Sankara to burst out this composition, a sort of rebuke to foolish way of living.

The Acharya urges the man to turn towards God and sing His glory instead of wasting on mundane things.  A censure is implied when the Acharya calls the man a fool (Moodhamathe).  It may be added here that the tone of Bhajagovindam is somewhat striking, in spite of its exotic poetic beauty and perfection of composition.  This is no wonder, because such a treatment is required to wake up man from his slumber.  A milder approach would delay the matter.  The matter is urgent, as the Acharya explains in the next verse, for, when the hour of death approaches without any forewarning, the hard-learned verses of grammar are not going to save the poor soul.  Hence the song rightly starts without any preamble:

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ರಚನ: ಆದಿ ಶಂಕರಾಚಾರ್ಯ

ಭಜ ಗೋವಿಂದಂ ಭಜ ಗೋವಿಂದಂ
ಗೋವಿಂದಂ ಭಜ ಮೂಢಮತೇ |
ಸಂಪ್ರಾಪ್ತೇ ಸನ್ನಿಹಿತೇ ಕಾಲೇ
ನಹಿ ನಹಿ ರಕ್ಷತಿ ಡುಕ್ರಿಂಕರಣೇ || 1 ||

bhajagovindaM bhajagovindaM
govindaM bhajamuuDhamate .
saMpraapte sannihite kaale
nahi nahi rakshati DukRiJNkaraNe .. (1)

Worship Govinda, Worship Govinda, Worship Govinda. Oh fool! Rules of Grammar will not save you at the time of your death.

ಮೂಢ ಜಹೀಹಿ ಧನಾಗಮತೃಷ್ಣಾಂ
ಕುರು ಸದ್ಬುದ್ಧಿಮ್ ಮನಸಿ ವಿತೃಷ್ಣಾಮ್ |
ಯಲ್ಲಭಸೇ ನಿಜ ಕರ್ಮೋಪಾತ್ತಂ
ವಿತ್ತಂ ತೇನ ವಿನೋದಯ ಚಿತ್ತಮ್ || 2 ||

mUDha jahiihi dhanaagamatRishhNaaM
kuru sadbuddhiM manasi vitRishhNaam.
yallabhase nijakarmopaattaM
vittaM tena vinodaya chittam. .. (2)

Oh fool ! Give up your thirst to amass wealth, devote your mind to thoughts to the Real. Be content with what comes through actions already performed in the past.

ನಾರೀ ಸ್ತನಭರ ನಾಭೀದೇಶಂ
ದೃಷ್ಟ್ವಾ ಮಾ ಗಾ ಮೋಹಾವೇಶಮ್ |
ಏತನ್ಮಾಂಸ ವಸಾದಿ ವಿಕಾರಂ
ಮನಸಿ ವಿಚಿಂತಯಾ ವಾರಂ ವಾರಮ್ || 3 ||

naariistanabhara naabhiideshaM
dRishhTvaa maagaamohaavesham.
etanmaaMsaavasaadi vikaaraM
manasi vichintaya vaaraM vaaram. .. (3)

Do not get drowned in delusion by going wild with passions and lust by seeing a woman’s navel and chest. These are nothing but a modification of flesh. Do not fail to remember this again and again in your mind.

ನಳಿನೀ ದಳಗತ ಜಲಮತಿ ತರಳಂ
ತದ್ವಜ್ಜೀವಿತ ಮತಿಶಯ ಚಪಲಮ್ |
ವಿದ್ಧಿ ವ್ಯಾಧ್ಯಭಿಮಾನ ಗ್ರಸ್ತಂ
ಲೋಕಂ ಶೋಕಹತಂ ಚ ಸಮಸ್ತಮ್ || 4 ||

naliniidalagata jalamatitaralaM
tadvajjiivitamatishayachapalam .
viddhi vyaadhyabhimaanagrastaM
lokaM shokahataM cha samastam .. (4)

The life of a man is as uncertain as rain drops trembling on a lotus leaf. Know that the whole world remains a prey to disease, ego and grief.

ಯಾವದ್-ವಿತ್ತೋಪಾರ್ಜನ ಸಕ್ತಃ
ತಾವನ್-ನಿಜಪರಿವಾರೋ ರಕ್ತಃ |
ಪಶ್ಚಾಜ್ಜೀವತಿ ಜರ್ಜರ ದೇಹೇ
ವಾರ್ತಾಂ ಕೋ‌உಪಿ ನ ಪೃಚ್ಛತಿ ಗೇಹೇ || 5 ||

yaavadvittopaarjana saktaH
staavannija parivaaro raktaH .
pashchaajjiivati jarjara dehe
vaartaaM ko.api na pRichchhati gehe .. (5)

So long as a man is fit and able to support his family, see the affection all those around him show. But no one at home cares to even have a word with him when his body totters due to old age.

ಯಾವತ್-ಪವನೋ ನಿವಸತಿ ದೇಹೇ
ತಾವತ್-ಪೃಚ್ಛತಿ ಕುಶಲಂ ಗೇಹೇ |
ಗತವತಿ ವಾಯೌ ದೇಹಾಪಾಯೇ
ಭಾರ್ಯಾ ಬಿಭ್ಯತಿ ತಸ್ಮಿನ್ ಕಾಯೇ || 6 ||

yaavatpavano nivasati dehe
taavatpRichchhati kushalaM gehe .
gatavati vaayau dehaapaaye
bhaaryaa bibhyati tasminkaaye .. (6)

When one is alive, his family members enquire kindly about his welfare. But when the soul departs from the body, even his wife runs away in fear of the corpse.

ಬಾಲ ಸ್ತಾವತ್ ಕ್ರೀಡಾಸಕ್ತಃ
ತರುಣ ಸ್ತಾವತ್ ತರುಣೀಸಕ್ತಃ |
ವೃದ್ಧ ಸ್ತಾವತ್-ಚಿಂತಾಮಗ್ನಃ
ಪರಮೇ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಣಿ ಕೋ‌உಪಿ ನ ಲಗ್ನಃ || 7 ||

baalastaavatkriiDaasaktaH
taruNastaavattaruNiisaktaH .
vRiddhastaavachchintaasaktaH
pare brahmaNi ko.api na saktaH .. (7)

The childhood is lost by attachment to playfulness. Youth is lost by attachment to woman. Old age passes away by thinking over many past things. But there is hardly anyone who wants to be lost in parabrahmam.

ಕಾ ತೇ ಕಾಂತಾ ಕಸ್ತೇ ಪುತ್ರಃ
ಸಂಸಾರೋ‌உಯಮತೀವ ವಿಚಿತ್ರಃ |
ಕಸ್ಯ ತ್ವಂ ವಾ ಕುತ ಆಯಾತಃ
ತತ್ವಂ ಚಿಂತಯ ತದಿಹ ಭ್ರಾತಃ || 8 ||

kaate kaantaa kaste putraH
saMsaaro.ayamatiiva vichitraH .
kasya tvaM kaH kuta aayaataH
tattvaM chintaya tadiha bhraataH .. (8)

Who is your wife ? Who is your son ? Strange is this samsara. Of whom are you ? From where have you come ? Brother, ponder over these truths here.

ಸತ್ಸಂಗತ್ವೇ ನಿಸ್ಸಂಗತ್ವಂ
ನಿಸ್ಸಂಗತ್ವೇ ನಿರ್ಮೋಹತ್ವಮ್ |
ನಿರ್ಮೋಹತ್ವೇ ನಿಶ್ಚಲತತ್ತ್ವಂ
ನಿಶ್ಚಲತತ್ತ್ವೇ ಜೀವನ್ಮುಕ್ತಿಃ || 9 ||

satsaNgatve nissN^gatvaM
nissaNgatve nirmohatvam.h .
nirmohatve nishchalatattvaM
nishcalatattve jiivanmuktiH .. (9)

From Satsangh comes non-attachment, from non-attachment comes freedom from delusion, which leads to self-settledness. From self-settledness comes Jeevan Mukti.

ವಯಸಿ ಗತೇ ಕಃ ಕಾಮವಿಕಾರಃ
ಶುಷ್ಕೇ ನೀರೇ ಕಃ ಕಾಸಾರಃ |
ಕ್ಷೀಣೇ ವಿತ್ತೇ ಕಃ ಪರಿವಾರಃ
ಙ್ಞಾತೇ ತತ್ತ್ವೇ ಕಃ ಸಂಸಾರಃ || 10 ||

vayasigate kaH kaamavikaaraH
shushhke niire kaH kaasaaraH .
kshiiNevitte kaH parivaaraH
GYaate tattve kaH saMsaaraH .. (10)

What good is lust when youth has fled ? What use is a lake which has no water ? Where are the relatives when wealth is gone ? Where is samsara when the Truth is known ?

ಮಾ ಕುರು ಧನಜನ ಯೌವನ ಗರ್ವಂ
ಹರತಿ ನಿಮೇಷಾತ್-ಕಾಲಃ ಸರ್ವಮ್ |
ಮಾಯಾಮಯಮಿದಮ್-ಅಖಿಲಂ ಹಿತ್ವಾ
ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಪದಂ ತ್ವಂ ಪ್ರವಿಶ ವಿದಿತ್ವಾ || 11 ||

maa kuru dhana jana yauvana garvaM
harati nimeshhaatkaalaH sarvam.h .
maayaamayamidamakhilaM hitvaa
brahmapadaM tvaM pravisha viditvaa .. (11)

Do not boast of wealth, friends, and youth. Each one of these are destroyed within a minute. Free yourself from the illusion of the world of Maya and attain the timeless Truth.

ದಿನ ಯಾಮಿನ್ಯೌ ಸಾಯಂ ಪ್ರಾತಃ
ಶಿಶಿರ ವಸಂತೌ ಪುನರಾಯಾತಃ |
ಕಾಲಃ ಕ್ರೀಡತಿ ಗಚ್ಛತ್ಯಾಯುಃ
ತದಪಿ ನ ಮುಂಚತ್ಯಾಶಾವಾಯುಃ || 12 ||

dinayaaminyau saayaM praataH
shishiravasantau punaraayaataH .
kaalaH kriiDati gachchhatyaayuH
tadapi na muJNcatyaashaavaayuH .. (12)

Daylight and darkness, dusk and dawn, winter and springtime come and go. Time plays and life ebbs away. But the storm of desire never leaves.

ದ್ವಾದಶ ಮಂಜರಿಕಾಭಿರ ಶೇಷಃ
ಕಥಿತೋ ವೈಯಾ ಕರಣಸ್ಯೈಷಃ |
ಉಪದೇಶೋ ಭೂದ್-ವಿದ್ಯಾ ನಿಪುಣೈಃ
ಶ್ರೀಮಚ್ಛಂಕರ ಭಗವಚ್ಛರಣೈಃ || 13 ||

dvaadashamaJNjarikaabhirasheshhaH
kathito vaiyaakaraNasyaishhaH .
upadesho bhuudvidyaanipuNaiH
shriimachchhankarabhagavachchharaNariH .. (12a)

This bouquet of twelve verses was imparted to a grammarian by the all-knowing Shankara, adored as the bhagavadpada.

ಕಾ ತೇ ಕಾಂತಾ ಧನ ಗತ ಚಿಂತಾ
ವಾತುಲ ಕಿಂ ತವ ನಾಸ್ತಿ ನಿಯಂತಾ |
ತ್ರಿಜಗತಿ ಸಜ್ಜನ ಸಂಗತಿರೇಕಾ
ಭವತಿ ಭವಾರ್ಣವ ತರಣೇ ನೌಕಾ || 14 ||

kaate kaantaa dhana gatachintaa
vaatula kiM tava naasti niyantaa .
trijagati sajjanasaM gatiraikaa
bhavati bhavaarNavataraNe naukaa .. (13)

Oh mad man ! Why this engrossment in thoughts of wealth ? Is there no one to guide you ? There is only one thing in three worlds that can save you from the ocean from samsara. Get into that boat of satsangha quickly. Stanza attributed to Padmapada.

ಜಟಿಲೋ ಮುಂಡೀ ಲುಂಜಿತ ಕೇಶಃ
ಕಾಷಾಯಾನ್ಬರ ಬಹುಕೃತ ವೇಷಃ |
ಪಶ್ಯನ್ನಪಿ ಚ ನ ಪಶ್ಯತಿ ಮೂಢಃ
ಉದರ ನಿಮಿತ್ತಂ ಬಹುಕೃತ ವೇಷಃ || 15 ||

jaTilo muNDii luJNchhitakeshaH
kaashhaayaambarabahukRitaveshhaH .
pashyannapi cana pashyati muuDhaH
udaranimittaM bahukRitaveshhaH .. (14)

There are many who go with matted locks, many who have clean shaven heads, many whose hairs have been plucked out; some are clothed in saffron, yet others in various colors — all just for a livelihood. Seeing truth revealed before them, still the foolish ones see it not. Stanza attributed to Totakacharya.

ಅಂಗಂ ಗಲಿತಂ ಪಲಿತಂ ಮುಂಡಂ
ದಶನ ವಿಹೀನಂ ಜಾತಂ ತುಂಡಮ್ |
ವೃದ್ಧೋ ಯಾತಿ ಗೃಹೀತ್ವಾ ದಂಡಂ
ತದಪಿ ನ ಮುಂಚತ್ಯಾಶಾ ಪಿಂಡಮ್ || 16 ||

aNgaM galitaM palitaM muNDaM
dashanavihiinaM jataM tuNDam.
vRiddho yaati gRihiitvaa daNDaM
tadapi na muJNcatyaashaapiNDam.. (15)

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. Stanza attributed to Hastamalaka.

ಅಗ್ರೇ ವಹ್ನಿಃ ಪೃಷ್ಠೇ ಭಾನುಃ
ರಾತ್ರೌ ಚುಬುಕ ಸಮರ್ಪಿತ ಜಾನುಃ |
ಕರತಲ ಭಿಕ್ಷಸ್-ತರುತಲ ವಾಸಃ
ತದಪಿ ನ ಮುಂಚತ್ಯಾಶಾ ಪಾಶಃ || 17 ||

agre vahniH pRishhThebhaanuH
raatrau chubukasamarpitajaanuH .
karatalabhikshastarutalavaasaH
tadapi na muJNcatyaashaapaashaH .. (16)

Behold there lies the man who sits warming up his body with the fire in front and the sun at the back; at night he curls up the body to keep out of the cold; he eats his beggar’s food from the bowl of his hand and sleeps beneath the tree. Still in his heart, he is a wretched puppet at the hands of passions. Stanza attributed to Subodha.

ಕುರುತೇ ಗಂಗಾ ಸಾಗರ ಗಮನಂ
ವ್ರತ ಪರಿಪಾಲನಮ್-ಅಥವಾ ದಾನಮ್ |
ಙ್ಞಾನ ವಿಹೀನಃ ಸರ್ವಮತೇನ
ಭಜತಿ ನ ಮುಕ್ತಿಂ ಜನ್ಮ ಶತೇನ || 18 ||

kurute gaNgaasaagaragamanaM
vrataparipaalanamathavaa daanam.h .
GYaanavihinaH sarvamatena
muktiM na bhajati janmashatena .. (17)

One may go to gangasagar(ganes), observe fasts, and give away riches in charity ! Yet, devoid of jnana, nothing can give mukthi even at the end of a hundred births. Stanza attributed to Sureshwaracharya.

ಸುರಮಂದಿರ ತರು ಮೂಲ ನಿವಾಸಃ
ಶಯ್ಯಾ ಭೂತಲಮ್-ಅಜಿನಂ ವಾಸಃ |
ಸರ್ವ ಪರಿಗ್ರಹ ಭೋಗತ್ಯಾಗಃ
ಕಸ್ಯ ಸುಖಂ ನ ಕರೋತಿ ವಿರಾಗಃ || 19 ||

sura ma.ndira taru muula nivaasaH
shayyaa bhuutala majinaM vaasaH .
sarva parigraha bhoga tyaagaH
kasya sukhaM na karoti viraagaH .. (18)

Take your residence in a temple or below a tree, wear the deerskin for the dress, and sleep with mother earth as your bed. Give up all attachments and renounce all comforts. Blessed with such vairagya, could any fail to be content ? Stanza attributed to Nityananda.

ಯೋಗರತೋ ವಾ ಭೋಗರತೋ ವಾ
ಸಂಗರತೋ ವಾ ಸಂಗವಿಹೀನಃ |
ಯಸ್ಯ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಣಿ ರಮತೇ ಚಿತ್ತಂ
ನಂದತಿ ನಂದತಿ ನಂದತ್ಯೇವ || 20 ||

yogarato vaabhogaratovaa
saN^garato vaa saNgaviihinaH .
yasya brahmaNi ramate chittaM
nandati nandati nandatyeva .. (19)

One may take delight in yoga or bhoga, may have attachment or detachment. But only he whose mind steadily delights in Brahman enjoys bliss, no one else. Stanza attributed to Anandagiri.

ಭಗವದ್ಗೀತಾ ಕಿಂಚಿದಧೀತಾ
ಗಂಗಾ ಜಲಲವ ಕಣಿಕಾ ಪೀತಾ |
ಸಕೃದಪಿ ಯೇನ ಮುರಾರೀ ಸಮರ್ಚಾ
ಕ್ರಿಯತೇ ತಸ್ಯ ಯಮೇನ ನ ಚರ್ಚಾ || 21 ||

bhagavad.h giitaa kiJNchidadhiitaa
gaNgaa jalalava kaNikaapiitaa .
sakRidapi yena muraari samarchaa
kriyate tasya yamena na charchaa .. (20)

Let a man read but a little from Gitaa, drink just a drop of water from the ganges, worship murari (govinda) just once. He then will have no altercation with Yama. Stanza attributed to dR^iDhabhakta.

ಪುನರಪಿ ಜನನಂ ಪುನರಪಿ ಮರಣಂ
ಪುನರಪಿ ಜನನೀ ಜಠರೇ ಶಯನಮ್ |
ಇಹ ಸಂಸಾರೇ ಬಹು ದುಸ್ತಾರೇ
ಕೃಪಯಾ‌உಪಾರೇ ಪಾಹಿ ಮುರಾರೇ || 22 ||

punarapi jananaM punarapi maraNaM
punarapi jananii jaThare shayanam.h .
iha saMsaare bahudustaare
kRipayaa.apaare paahi muraare .. (21)

Born again, death again, birth again to stay in the mother’s womb ! It is indeed hard to cross this boundless ocean of samsara. Oh Murari ! Redeem me through Thy mercy. Stanza attributed to Nityanatha.

ರಥ್ಯಾ ಚರ್ಪಟ ವಿರಚಿತ ಕಂಥಃ
ಪುಣ್ಯಾಪುಣ್ಯ ವಿವರ್ಜಿತ ಪಂಥಃ |
ಯೋಗೀ ಯೋಗ ನಿಯೋಜಿತ ಚಿತ್ತಃ
ರಮತೇ ಬಾಲೋನ್ಮತ್ತವದೇವ || 23 ||

rathyaa charpaTa virachita kanthaH
puNyaapuNya vivarjita panthaH .
yogii yoganiyojita chitto
ramate baalonmattavadeva .. (22)

There is no shortage of clothing for a monk so long as there are rags cast off the road. Freed from vice and virtue, onward he wanders. One who lives in communion with God enjoys bliss, pure and uncontaminated, like a child and as someone intoxicated. Stanza attributed to Nityanatha.

ಕಸ್ತ್ವಂ ಕೋ‌உಹಂ ಕುತ ಆಯಾತಃ
ಕಾ ಮೇ ಜನನೀ ಕೋ ಮೇ ತಾತಃ |
ಇತಿ ಪರಿಭಾವಯ ನಿಜ ಸಂಸಾರಂ
ಸರ್ವಂ ತ್ಯಕ್ತ್ವಾ ಸ್ವಪ್ನ ವಿಚಾರಮ್ || 24 ||

kastvaM ko.ahaM kuta aayaataH
kaa me jananii ko me taataH .
iti paribhaavaya sarvamasaaram.h
vishvaM tyaktvaa svapna vichaaram.h .. (23)

Who are you ? Who am I ? From where do I come ? Who is my mother, who is my father ? Ponder thus, look at everything as essenceless and give up the world as an idle dream. Stanza attributed to surendra.

ತ್ವಯಿ ಮಯಿ ಸರ್ವತ್ರೈಕೋ ವಿಷ್ಣುಃ
ವ್ಯರ್ಥಂ ಕುಪ್ಯಸಿ ಮಯ್ಯಸಹಿಷ್ಣುಃ |
ಭವ ಸಮಚಿತ್ತಃ ಸರ್ವತ್ರ ತ್ವಂ
ವಾಞ್ಛಸ್ಯಚಿರಾದ್-ಯದಿ ವಿಷ್ಣುತ್ವಮ್ || 25 ||

tvayi mayi chaanyatraiko vishhNuH
vyarthaM kupyasi mayyasahishhNuH .
bhava samachittaH sarvatra tvaM
vaaJNchhasyachiraadyadi vishhNutvam.h .. (24)

In me, in you and in everything, none but the same Vishnu dwells. Your anger and impatience is meaningless. If you wish to attain the status of Vishnu soon, have samabhava always. Stanza attributed to medhaatithira.

ಶತ್ರೌ ಮಿತ್ರೇ ಪುತ್ರೇ ಬಂಧೌ
ಮಾ ಕುರು ಯತ್ನಂ ವಿಗ್ರಹ ಸಂಧೌ |
ಸರ್ವಸ್ಮಿನ್ನಪಿ ಪಶ್ಯಾತ್ಮಾನಂ
ಸರ್ವತ್ರೋತ್-ಸೃಜ ಭೇದಾಙ್ಞಾನಮ್ || 26 ||

shatrau mitre putre bandhau
maa kuru yatnaM vigrahasandhau .
sarvasminnapi pashyaatmaanaM
sarvatrotsRija bhedaaGYaanam.h .. (25)

Do not waste your efforts to win the love of or to fight against friend and foe, children and relatives. See yourself in everyone and give up all feelings of duality completely. Stanza attributed to medhaatithira.

ಕಾಮಂ ಕ್ರೋಧಂ ಲೋಭಂ ಮೋಹಂ
ತ್ಯಕ್ತ್ವಾ‌உ‌உತ್ಮಾನಂ ಪಶ್ಯತಿ ಸೋ‌உಹಮ್ |
ಆತ್ಮಙ್ಞ್ನಾನ ವಿಹೀನಾ ಮೂಢಾಃ
ತೇ ಪಚ್ಯಂತೇ ನರಕ ನಿಗೂಢಾಃ || 27 ||

kaamaM krodhaM lobhaM mohaM
tyaktvaa.atmaanaM bhaavaya ko.aham.h .
aatmaGYaana vihiinaa muuDhaaH
te pachyante narakaniguuDhaaH .. (26)

Give up lust, anger, infatuation, and greed. Ponder over your real nature. Fools are they who are blind to the Self. Cast into hell they suffer there endlessly. Stanza attributed to bharativamsha.

ಗೇಯಂ ಗೀತಾ ನಾಮ ಸಹಸ್ರಂ
ಧ್ಯೇಯಂ ಶ್ರೀಪತಿ ರೂಪಮ್-ಅಜಸ್ರಮ್ |
ನೇಯಂ ಸಜ್ಜನ ಸಂಗೇ ಚಿತ್ತಂ
ದೇಯಂ ದೀನಜನಾಯ ಚ ವಿತ್ತಮ್ || 28 ||

geyaM giitaa naama sahasraM
dhyeyaM shriipati ruupamajasram .
neyaM sajjana saNge chittaM
deyaM diinajanaaya cha vittam. .. (27)

Regularly recite from the Gita, meditate on Vishnu [thro' Vishnu sahasranama] in your heart, and chant His thousand glories. Take delight to be with the noble and the holy. Distribute your wealth in charity to the poor and the needy. Stanza attributed to sumatira.

ಸುಖತಃ ಕ್ರಿಯತೇ ರಾಮಾಭೋಗಃ
ಪಶ್ಚಾದ್ಧಂತ ಶರೀರೇ ರೋಗಃ |
ಯದ್ಯಪಿ ಲೋಕೇ ಮರಣಂ ಶರಣಂ
ತದಪಿ ನ ಮುಂಚತಿ ಪಾಪಾಚರಣಮ್ || 29 ||

sukhataH kriyate raamaabhogaH
pashchaaddhanta shariire rogaH .
yadyapi loke maraNaM sharaNaM
tadapi na muJNchati paapaacharaNam.h .. (28)

He who yields to lust for pleasure leaves his body a prey to disease. Though death brings an end to everything, man does not give up the sinful path.

ಅರ್ಥಮನರ್ಥಂ ಭಾವಯ ನಿತ್ಯಂ
ನಾಸ್ತಿ ತತಃ ಸುಖ ಲೇಶಃ ಸತ್ಯಮ್ |
ಪುತ್ರಾದಪಿ ಧನಭಾಜಾಂ ಭೀತಿಃ
ಸರ್ವತ್ರೈಷಾ ವಿಹಿತಾ ರೀತಿಃ || 30 ||

arthamanarthaM bhaavaya nityaM
naastitataH sukhaleshaH satyam.
putraadapi dhana bhaajaaM bhiitiH
sarvatraishhaa vihiaa riitiH .. (29)

Wealth is not welfare, truly there is no joy in it. Reflect thus at all times. A rich man fears even his own son. This is the way of wealth everywhere.

ಪ್ರಾಣಾಯಾಮಂ ಪ್ರತ್ಯಾಹಾರಂ
ನಿತ್ಯಾನಿತ್ಯ ವಿವೇಕ ವಿಚಾರಮ್ |
ಜಾಪ್ಯಸಮೇತ ಸಮಾಧಿ ವಿಧಾನಂ
ಕುರ್ವ ವಧಾನಂ ಮಹದ್-ಅವಧಾನಮ್ || 31 ||

praaNaayaamaM pratyaahaaraM
nityaanitya vivekavichaaram.
jaapyasameta samaadhividhaanaM
kurvavadhaanaM mahadavadhaanam .. (30)

Regulate the pranas, remain unaffected by external influences and discriminate between the real and the fleeting. Chant the holy name of God and silence the turbulent mind. Perform these with care, with extreme care.

ಗುರು ಚರಣಾಂಭುಜ ನಿರ್ಭರಭಕ್ತಃ
ಸಂಸಾರಾದ್-ಅಚಿರಾದ್-ಭವ ಮುಕ್ತಃ |
ಸೇಂದಿಯ ಮಾನಸ ನಿಯಮಾದೇವಂ
ದ್ರಕ್ಷ್ಯಸಿ ನಿಜ ಹೃದಯಸ್ಥಂ ದೇವಮ್ || 32 ||

gurucharaNaambuja nirbhara bhakataH
saMsaaraadachiraadbhava muktaH .
sendriyamaanasa niyamaadevaM
drakshyasi nija hR^idayasthaM devam. .. (31)

Oh devotee of the lotus feet of the Guru ! May thou be soon free from Samsara. Through disciplined senses and controlled mind, thou shalt come to experience the Indwelling Lord of your heart !

ಮೂಢಃ ಕಶ್ಚಿನ ವೈಯಾಕರಣೋ
ಡುಕೃಣ್ಕರಣಾಧ್ಯಯನ ಧುರೀಣಃ |
ಶ್ರೀಮಚ್ಛಂಕರ ಭಗವಚ್ಚಿಷ್ಯೈಃ
ಬೋಧಿತ ಆಸೀಚ್ಛೋದಿತ ಕರಣೈಃ || 33 ||

muuDhaH kashchana vaiyaakaraNo
DukRiJNkaraNaadhyayana dhuriNaH .
shriimachchhamkara bhagavachchhishhyai
bodhita aasichchhodhitakaraNaH .. (32)

Thus was a silly grammarian lost in rules cleansed of his narrow vision and shown the Light by Shankara’s apostles.

ಭಜ ಗೋವಿಂದಂ ಭಜ ಗೋವಿಂದಂ
ಗೋವಿಂದಂ ಭಜ ಮೂಢಮತೇ |
ಸಂಪ್ರಾಪ್ತೇ ಸನ್ನಿಹಿತೇ ಕಾಲೇ
ನಹಿ ನಹಿ ರಕ್ಷತಿ ಡುಕ್ರಿಂಕರಣೇ

bhajagovindaM bhajagovindaM
govindaM bhajamuuDhamate .
naamasmaraNaadanyamupaayaM
nahi pashyaamo bhavataraNe .. (33)

Worship Govinda, worship Govinda, worship Govinda, Oh fool ! Other than chanting the Lord’s names, there is no other way to cross the life’s ocean.

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