Bhaja Govindam is a popular Hindu devotional composition attributed to Adi Shankara. This work of Adi Shankara underscores the view that devotion (Bhakti) to. Govinda leads us from darkness to light, ignorance to knowledge and despair to aspiration. Bhaja Govindam means, always sing the glory of the Lord, who is the . would like to chant Bhaja Govindam with you rather than give one sided lecture. Normally This sounded like those Telugu words and he lost the true meaning.

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The old habits will overtake the mind and it is difficult to control the mind at that age. Who were our parents, brothers, sisters, friends, uncles, aunties, grand-parents, cousins, etc. By drawing three beautiful analogies, Sri Adi Sankaracharya brings home the point to explain how it is possible.

All relations other than the relation with the Main Source of Universe is false, causes unhappiness, anxiety and worry.

Ask of yourself, Who am I? Desire and attachment are the cause of delusion and delusion leads to confusion. Such a soul is beyond the ego and its vanities and joys and sorrows, merits and demerits, good and bad, pleasure and pain. While struggling for these mundane pleasures, he loses equipoise due to greed, lust, power, and many such evils.

The main concern of the devotee is to restrain the senses so that they will not run like unchecked horses without reins. I am sure that it has HIS stamp of approval and appreciation to do that.


It means, one sees but yet one fails to see and implement the noble lessons of life. It is undoubtedly and indisputably crystal clear that nowhere in the world one has witnessed a Jagatguru of Sri Adi Sankaracharya calibre and stature.

But, we forget the truth due to our ignorance that if we succeed in realising God, acquisition of all other material objects will turn out to be so simple. One has bhama cry out to Govinda, as counting hovindam lapses of others will only add to one’s misery. And the life passes by fulfilling one desire after another. That power or energy is one and the same, but only the name is different, to facilitate the devotee to concentrate, according to one’s choice.


The spiritual knowledge is the key to discover one’s Self and once it is achieved, the meaning of So’ham, as said in this sloka, will become crystal clear.

Bhaja Govindam

Of course, it is very difficult for a beginner, for a devotee, who has just started his spiritual journey like me, to understand, appreciate and put into practice such noble intentions.

Once in the line of spirituality, one may be intelligent and knowing quite a few intrinsic facts, but when one fails to live upto these noble expressions, it is just useless. It is but natural that one forgives the teeth without giving any punishment to them. When renunciation is only external, and when there is still the sense of attachment within, one cannot discover the true joy gpvindam living. We must grieve for those who are not blessed with devotion. We might have passed through several lives and lived through the two passions of thirst for wealth and instinctive hunger for flesh of women or men.

It is difficult to describe, as it is beyond the qualities of any qualifications. Bhaja Govindam is known as “Prakarana Grantham”, or introduction to spiritual studies or initiation. The foolish man wastes one’s entire life for wealth by giving exaggerated importance to it thereby breeding subhuman impulses.

He looks deep into the heart of the devotee to see how much sincere one is while worshiping Him or serving the needy, treating them as the God Himself i. They do not plan their lives. This sajjana sangati will work as a meaing or boat to cross the ocean of limitation. Then only HE will bestow HIS benign blessings on us or come down to save us from this Samsaara, as HE saved Gajendra, Prahlada, Ambarisha and many such great souls, in response to their sincere prayers.

It is, therefore, imperative that one should keep repeating the Divine Namas of Lord at every possible moment. As age progresses and when one becomes old, one submerges oneself in anxieties and fears. Charity being made with true feeling will make one understand that the needs and requirements of others are as important lyics one’s own. In the silent march of the wheel of time, days and nights and with it the age slips unnoticed and unrealised. There is no doubt that it is necessary and important that one has to sweat and toil, fight and procure, feed and breed, clothe and shelter the body but to spend the whole lifetime in these alone is a criminal waste of human abilities, as the nature of the body is to grow old, totter, become infirm and in the end die away.


Once it is achieved, the mind will become free from all attachments.

In all the above modes of worship, the spirit of Bhaja is visible. Many human beings are slaves to this aspect of Maya, as the materialistic world is completely dependent on this. All these and more are means to reach the end. The lapses of others are also like mine and I have no genuine right to get angry on others.

All through the life, one does not get time to remember God and attach oneself to the Supreme Lord.

It is, therefore, advised by Sri Adi Sankaracharya to keep company of good people or look always for Satsangat. Self-control will lead to mental peace, which ultimately result in inner-joy or peace of mind. Soul mate does not at all refer to wife-and-husband relation, but any soul which gets enriched by the experience and relation to the other soul in spirituality is a soul mate.

One should identify oneself with the Lord, who can only give solace to the parched materialistic lives.

Telugu songs and lyrics — Welcome to the world of music : Bhaja Govindam — Adi Shankaracharya

Published by Motilal Banarsidass Publ. In spite of not having any comfort or even bare minimum necessities of life for all practical purposes and govidam the iron grip of desire will never leave him unless one is completely surrendered to God.

My Sincere Submission While I was trying to understand the meaning of the Thousand Names of the Lord of Sri Vishnusahasranaamams and then started writing the same for my own benefit and posterity, I had a unique urge of knowing and writing the meaning and essence of Bhaja Govindam.