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   bhaja govindaM

 

bhajagovindaM bhajagovindaM

govindaM bhajamuuDhamate .

saMpraapte sannihite kaale

nahi nahi rakshati DukR^iJNkaraNe .. 1..

 

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Worship Govinda, worship Govinda, worship Govinda, Oh fool !

Rules of grammar will not save you at the time of your death.

 

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mUDha jahiihi dhanaagamatR^ishhNaaM

kuru sadbuddhiM manasi vitR^ishhNaam.h .

yallabhase nijakarmopaattaM

vittaM tena vinodaya chittam.h .. 2..

 

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Oh fool ! Give up your thrist to amass wealth, devote your

mind to thoughts to the Real . Be content with what comes

through actions already performed in the past.

 

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naariistanabhara naabhiideshaM

dR^ishhTvaa maagaamohaavesham.h .

etanmaaMsaavasaadi vikaaraM

manasi vichintaya vaaraM vaaram.h .. 3..

 

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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 . Fail not to remember this again and

again in your mind.

 

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naliniidalagata jalamatitaralaM

tadvajjiivitamatishayachapalam.h .

viddhi vyaadhyabhimaanagrastaM

lokaM shokahataM cha samastam.h .. 4..

 

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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.

 

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yaavadvittopaarjana saktaH

staavannija parivaaro raktaH .

pashchaajjiivati jarjara dehe

vaartaaM ko.api na pR^ichchhati gehe .. 5..

 

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So long as a man is fit and able to support his family, see

what 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.

 

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yaavatpavano nivasati dehe

taavatpR^ichchhati kushalaM gehe .

gatavati vaayau dehaapaaye

bhaaryaa bibhyati tasminkaaye .. 6..

 

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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.

 

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baalastaavatkriiDaasaktaH

taruNastaavattaruNiisaktaH .

vR^iddhastaavachchintaasaktaH

pare brahmaNi ko.api na saktaH .. 7..

 

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The childhood is lost by attachment to playfulness . Youth is lost by

attachment to woman . Old age passes away by thinking over many

things . But there is hardly anyone who wants to be lost in

parabrahman.

 

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kaate kaantaa kaste putraH

saMsaaro.ayamatiiva vichitraH .

kasya tvaM kaH kuta aayaataH

tattvaM chintaya tadiha bhraataH .. 8..

 

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Who is your wife ? Who is your son ? Strange is this samsaara, the world.

Of whom are you ? From where have you come ? Brother, ponder

over these truths.

 

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satsaN^gatve nissN^gatvaM

nissaN^gatve nirmohatvam.h .

nirmohatve nishchalatattvaM

nishchalatattve jiivanmuktiH .. 9..

 

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>From satsanga, company of good people, comes non-attachment,

from non-attachment comes

freedom from delusion, which leads to self-settledness . From

self-settledness comes Jiivan muktii.

 

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vayasigate kaH kaamavikaaraH

shushhke niire kaH kaasaaraH .

kshiiNevitte kaH parivaaraH

GYaate tattve kaH saMsaaraH .. 10..

 

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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 samsaara, the world,  when the Truth is known ?

 

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maa kuru dhana jana yauvana garvaM

harati nimeshhaatkaalaH sarvam.h .

maayaamayamidamakhilaM hitvaa

brahmapadaM tvaM pravisha viditvaa .. 11..

 

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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.

 

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dinayaaminyau saayaM praataH

shishiravasantau punaraayaataH .

kaalaH kriiDati gachchhatyaayuH

tadapi na muJNchatyaashaavaayuH .. 12..

 

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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.

 

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dvaadashamaJNjarikaabhirasheshhaH

kathito vaiyaakaraNasyaishhaH .

upadesho bhuudvidyaanipuNaiH

shriimachchhankarabhagavachchharaNaiH .. 12a ..

 

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This bouquet of twelve verses was imparted to a grammarian

by the all-knowing Shankara, adored as the bhagavadpada.

 

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kaate kaantaa dhana gatachintaa

vaatula kiM tava naasti niyantaa .

trijagati sajjanasaM gatiraikaa

bhavati bhavaarNavataraNe naukaa .. 13..

 

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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 of samsaara, get into

the boat of satsanga, company of good people, quickly.

 Stanza attributed to Padmapada.

 

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jaTilo muNDii luJNchhitakeshaH

kaashhaayaambarabahukR^itaveshhaH .

pashyannapi chana pashyati muuDhaH

udaranimittaM bahukR^itaveshhaH .. 14..

 

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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 orange, 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.

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aN^gaM galitaM palitaM muNDaM

dashanavihiinaM jataM tuNDam.h .

vR^iddho yaati gR^ihiitvaa daNDaM

tadapi na muJNchatyaashaapiNDam.h .. 15..

 

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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.

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agre vahniH pR^ishhThebhaanuH

raatrau chubukasamarpitajaanuH .

karatalabhikshastarutalavaasaH

tadapi na muJNchatyaashaapaashaH .. 16..

 

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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.

 

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kurute gaN^gaasaagaragamanaM

vrataparipaalanamathavaa daanam.h .

GYaanavihinaH sarvamatena

muktiM na bhajati janmashatena .. 17..

 

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One may go to Gangasagar, 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 vaartikakaara.

 

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sura ma.ndira taru muula nivaasaH

shayyaa bhuutala majinaM vaasaH .

sarva parigraha bhoga tyaagaH

kasya sukhaM na karoti viraagaH .. 18..

 

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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 vairgya, could any fail to be content ?

 Stanza attributed to nityaananda.

 

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yogarato vaabhogaratovaa

saN^garato vaa saN^gaviihinaH .

yasya brahmaNi ramate chittaM

nandati nandati nandatyeva .. 19..

 

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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 anandagiriH.

 

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bhagavad.h giitaa kiJNchidadhiitaa

gaN^gaa jalalava kaNikaapiitaa .

sakR^idapi yena muraari samarchaa

kriyate tasya yamena na charchaa .. 20..

 

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Let a man read but a little from giitaa, drink just a drop of

water from the ganges, worship but once muraari . He then will

have no altercation with Yama .  Stanza attributed to

dRiDhabhakta.

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punarapi jananaM punarapi maraNaM

punarapi jananii jaThare shayanam.h .

iha saMsaare bahudustaare

kR^ipayaa.apaare paahi muraare .. 21..

 

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Born again, death again, again to stay in the mother's womb !

It is indeed hard to cross this boundless ocean of samsaara . Oh

Murari ! Redeem me through Thy mercy.

 Stanza attributed to nityanaatha.

 

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rathyaa charpaTa virachita kanthaH

puNyaapuNya vivarjita panthaH .

yogii yoganiyojita chitto

ramate baalonmattavadeva .. 22..

 

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There is no shortage of clothing for a monk so long as there

are rags cast off the road . Freed from vices and virtues, onward

he wanders . One who lives in communion with god enjoys bliss,

pure and uncontaminated, like a child and as an intoxicated.

 Stanza attributed to nityanaatha.

 

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kastvaM ko.ahaM kuta aayaataH

kaa me jananii ko me taataH .

iti paribhaavaya sarvamasaaram.h

vishvaM tyaktvaa svapna vichaaram.h .. 23..

 

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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.

 

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tvayi mayi chaanyatraiko vishhNuH

vyarthaM kupyasi mayyasahishhNuH .

bhava samachittaH sarvatra tvaM

vaaJNchhasyachiraadyadi vishhNutvam.h .. 24..

 

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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, have samabhaava, equanimity, always.

 Stanza attributed to medhaatithira.

 

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shatrau mitre putre bandhau

maa kuru yatnaM vigrahasandhau .

sarvasminnapi pashyaatmaanaM

sarvatrotsR^ija bhedaaGYaanam.h .. 25..

 

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Waste not 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.

 

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kaamaM krodhaM lobhaM mohaM

tyaktvaa.atmaanaM bhaavaya ko.aham.h .

aatmaGYaana vihiinaa muuDhaaH

te pachyante narakaniguuDhaaH .. 26..

 

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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 bhaarativamsha.

 

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geyaM giitaa naama sahasraM

dhyeyaM shriipati ruupamajasram.h .

neyaM sajjana saN^ge chittaM

deyaM diinajanaaya cha vittam.h .. 27..

 

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Regularly recite from the Gita, meditate on Vishnu 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 sumatir.

 

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sukhataH kriyate raamaabhogaH

pashchaaddhanta shariire rogaH .

yadyapi loke maraNaM sharaNaM

tadapi na muJNchati paapaacharaNam.h .. 28..

 

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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.

 

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arthamanarthaM bhaavaya nityaM

naastitataH sukhaleshaH satyam.h .

putraadapi dhana bhaajaaM bhiitiH

sarvatraishhaa vihiaa riitiH .. 29..

 

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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.

 

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praaNaayaamaM pratyaahaaraM

nityaanitya vivekavichaaram.h .

jaapyasameta samaadhividhaanaM

kurvavadhaanaM mahadavadhaanam.h .. 30..

 

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Regulate the praaNa-s, life forces, 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.

 

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gurucharaNaambuja nirbhara bhakataH

saMsaaraadachiraadbhava muktaH .

sendriyamaanasa niyamaadevaM

drakshyasi nija hR^idayasthaM devam.h .. 31..

 

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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 !

 

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muuDhaH kashchana vaiyaakaraNo

DukR^iJNkaraNaadhyayana dhuriNaH .

shriimachchhamkara bhagavachchhishhyai

bodhita aasichchhodhitakaraNaH .. 32..

 

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Thus a silly grammarian lost in rules cleansed of his narrow

vision and shown the Light by Shankara's apostles.

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bhajagovindaM bhajagovindaM

govindaM bhajamuuDhamate .

naamasmaraNaadanyamupaayaM

nahi pashyaamo bhavataraNe .. 33..

 

 

 

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