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Bhagavad Gita

Bhaja Govindam

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Hinduism Doctrine And Way Of Living

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BHAJA GOVINDAM

Kulapati's Preface

Author

Publisher's Preface regarding this Book" Bhagavad Gita".

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CHAKRAVARTI Rajagopalachari popularly known as "Rajaji" or "C.R", as a great patriot astute politician and incisive thinker.

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Bhaja Govindam

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Sri Sankara crossed the ocean of  Maya as easily as one steps over a small irrigation channel in the field. 

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Our People have heard the "Bhaja Govindam" song and they know it. It is not new to them.

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After first warning against the desire for mere scholarship forgetful of God, and for the renown that it brings, Sri Sankara next speaks about the desire to amass wealth.    

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In the third, stanza Sri Sankara speaks about lust.

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After uttering a warning in the first three stanzas against the arrogance of knowledge, the lure of wealth and of sex.,,

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"Why do you detract from the joys of life by such statements?" asks the fool in his simplicity:                                [More....]

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"What you say about kinsmen may be true; but take my wife who is with me here"                                  [More....] Childhood passes away in [lay. Thoughts of love engage youth and the mind goes after maidens.                                [More....]

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Who is your beloved?  Who is your son? Very strange is this family bond.    

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Association with good and enlightened men provides occasion for the practice of withdrawal from desire and attachment.  

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The sorrows of life will cease of their own accord upon the dawn of the knowledge of the self.

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Do not be proud of your youth and health.  Do not be vai and say.,,

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Let wordly life be an appearance or a reality.  Sri Sankara does not object to our enjoying life.  

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Is there none to advise you? Even imminent, why do you turn your thoughts to your wife and to your possessions?

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The ascetic with the matted locks, the man with shaven head, he who has pulled out his hair.,,

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Giving up or renunciation, is the substance of Sanyasa.

 

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Sitting before the fire or with the sun at the back, sleeping at night with knee tucked under the chin.,,    

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All religions and creeds stress the need for true knowledge and wisdom.

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Happiness is the internal state of the mind. It does not reside in an external object or in the physical body.

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Pleasure is a state of the mind.  The satisfaction springing from sense - enjoyment is pleasure of one kind.

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A little study of the Bhagavad Gita, drinking a drop of Ganga water.

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Let us beg for His grace:   he will surely protect us. he will surely take us across the ocean of births and deaths.

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Sri Sankara sings of god-intoxication and the bliss of the men that have received the light.

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We sleep in the night and dream.  In the dream we experience many hardships and cares.

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With whom do you get angry?   Why do you grieve in vain imagining enmity in your heart?

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Don't think in terms of friend or foe; or brother or cousin.  Don't waste your energy in enmity or friendship.

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Free yourself from lust, anger, greed and delusion.  mediate on who you are.  Ask of yourself.....   

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Without true knowledge, life in this world so much mixed with sorrow will become a hell.

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Of all the delusions that hold sway over man, that which makes for his greatest undoing is the sex craving.

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After briefly referring to ruining oneself by going in quest of sexual enjoyment,  Sri Sankara speaks about the craving to acquire wealth.

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Verse - 31

Regulated breathing and sense control, discrimination of values between the eternal and the transient, japa and meditation sinking the conscious into the unconscious.

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This is the last verse of the Bhaja Govindam hymn of Sri Sankara.  Our body and heart are the temple of God.

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