Bhaja Govindam Slokam was written by Adi Shankaracharya
Bhaja Govindam Slokam in Hindi:
भज गोविन्दं भज गोविन्दं
गोविन्दं भज मूढमते ।
सम्प्राप्ते सन्निहिते काले
नहि नहि रक्षति डुक्रिङ्करणे ॥ 1 ॥
मूढ जहीहि धनागमतृष्णां
कुरु सद्बुद्धिम् मनसि वितृष्णाम् ।
यल्लभसे निज कर्मोपात्तं
वित्तं तेन विनोदय चित्तम् ॥ 2 ॥
नारी स्तनभर नाभीदेशं
दृष्ट्वा मा गा मोहावेशम् ।
एतन्मांस वसादि विकारं
मनसि विचिन्तया वारं वारम् ॥ 3 ॥
नलिनी दलगत जलमति तरलं
तद्वज्जीवित मतिशय चपलम् ।
विद्धि व्याध्यभिमान ग्रस्तं
लोकं शोकहतं च समस्तम् ॥ 4 ॥
तावन्-निजपरिवारो रक्तः ।
पश्चाज्जीवति जर्जर देहे
वार्तां कोஉपि न पृच्छति गेहे ॥ 5 ॥
यावत्-पवनो निवसति देहे
तावत्-पृच्छति कुशलं गेहे ।
गतवति वायौ देहापाये
भार्या बिभ्यति तस्मिन् काये ॥ 6 ॥
बाल स्तावत् क्रीडासक्तः
तरुण स्तावत् तरुणीसक्तः ।
परमे ब्रह्मणि कोஉपि न लग्नः ॥ 7 ॥
का ते कान्ता कस्ते पुत्रः
संसारोஉयमतीव विचित्रः ।
कस्य त्वं वा कुत आयातः
तत्वं चिन्तय तदिह भ्रातः ॥ 8 ॥
निस्सङ्गत्वे निर्मोहत्वम् ।
निश्चलतत्त्वे जीवन्मुक्तिः ॥ 9 ॥
वयसि गते कः कामविकारः
शुष्के नीरे कः कासारः ।
क्षीणे वित्ते कः परिवारः
ज्ञाते तत्त्वे कः संसारः ॥ 10 ॥
मा कुरु धनजन यौवन गर्वं
हरति निमेषात्-कालः सर्वम् ।
ब्रह्मपदं त्वं प्रविश विदित्वा ॥ 11 ॥
दिन यामिन्यौ सायं प्रातः
शिशिर वसन्तौ पुनरायातः ।
कालः क्रीडति गच्छत्यायुः
तदपि न मुञ्चत्याशावायुः ॥ 12 ॥
द्वादश मञ्जरिकाभिर शेषः
कथितो वैया करणस्यैषः ।
उपदेशो भूद्-विद्या निपुणैः
श्रीमच्छङ्कर भगवच्छरणैः ॥ 13 ॥
का ते कान्ता धन गत चिन्ता
वातुल किं तव नास्ति नियन्ता ।
त्रिजगति सज्जन सङ्गतिरेका
भवति भवार्णव तरणे नौका ॥ 14 ॥
जटिलो मुण्डी लुञ्जित केशः
काषायान्बर बहुकृत वेषः ।
पश्यन्नपि च न पश्यति मूढः
उदर निमित्तं बहुकृत वेषः ॥ 15 ॥
अङ्गं गलितं पलितं मुण्डं
दशन विहीनं जातं तुण्डम् ।
वृद्धो याति गृहीत्वा दण्डं
तदपि न मुञ्चत्याशा पिण्डम् ॥ 16 ॥
अग्रे वह्निः पृष्ठे भानुः
रात्रौ चुबुक समर्पित जानुः ।
करतल भिक्षस्-तरुतल वासः
तदपि न मुञ्चत्याशा पाशः ॥ 17 ॥
कुरुते गङ्गा सागर गमनं
व्रत परिपालनम्-अथवा दानम् ।
ज्ञान विहीनः सर्वमतेन
भजति न मुक्तिं जन्म शतेन ॥ 18 ॥
सुरमन्दिर तरु मूल निवासः
शय्या भूतलम्-अजिनं वासः ।
सर्व परिग्रह भोगत्यागः
कस्य सुखं न करोति विरागः ॥ 19 ॥
योगरतो वा भोगरतो वा
सङ्गरतो वा सङ्गविहीनः ।
यस्य ब्रह्मणि रमते चित्तं
नन्दति नन्दति नन्दत्येव ॥ 20 ॥
गङ्गा जललव कणिका पीता ।
सकृदपि येन मुरारी समर्चा
क्रियते तस्य यमेन न चर्चा ॥ 21 ॥
पुनरपि जननं पुनरपि मरणं
पुनरपि जननी जठरे शयनम् ।
इह संसारे बहु दुस्तारे
कृपयाஉपारे पाहि मुरारे ॥ 22 ॥
रथ्या चर्पट विरचित कन्थः
पुण्यापुण्य विवर्जित पन्थः ।
योगी योग नियोजित चित्तः
रमते बालोन्मत्तवदेव ॥ 23 ॥
कस्त्वं कोஉहं कुत आयातः
का मे जननी को मे तातः ।
इति परिभावय निज संसारं
सर्वं त्यक्त्वा स्वप्न विचारम् ॥ 24 ॥
त्वयि मयि सर्वत्रैको विष्णुः
व्यर्थं कुप्यसि मय्यसहिष्णुः ।
भव समचित्तः सर्वत्र त्वं
वाञ्छस्यचिराद्-यदि विष्णुत्वम् ॥ 25 ॥
शत्रौ मित्रे पुत्रे बन्धौ
मा कुरु यत्नं विग्रह सन्धौ ।
सर्वत्रोत्-सृज भेदाज्ञानम् ॥ 26 ॥
कामं क्रोधं लोभं मोहं
त्यक्त्वाஉஉत्मानं पश्यति सोஉहम् ।
आत्मज्ञ्नान विहीना मूढाः
ते पच्यन्ते नरक निगूढाः ॥ 27 ॥
गेयं गीता नाम सहस्रं
ध्येयं श्रीपति रूपम्-अजस्रम् ।
नेयं सज्जन सङ्गे चित्तं
देयं दीनजनाय च वित्तम् ॥ 28 ॥
सुखतः क्रियते रामाभोगः
पश्चाद्धन्त शरीरे रोगः ।
यद्यपि लोके मरणं शरणं
तदपि न मुञ्चति पापाचरणम् ॥ 29 ॥
अर्थमनर्थं भावय नित्यं
नास्ति ततः सुख लेशः सत्यम् ।
पुत्रादपि धनभाजां भीतिः
सर्वत्रैषा विहिता रीतिः ॥ 30 ॥
नित्यानित्य विवेक विचारम् ।
जाप्यसमेत समाधि विधानं
कुर्व वधानं महद्-अवधानम् ॥ 31 ॥
गुरु चरणाम्भुज निर्भरभक्तः
संसाराद्-अचिराद्-भव मुक्तः ।
सेन्दिय मानस नियमादेवं
द्रक्ष्यसि निज हृदयस्थं देवम् ॥ 32 ॥
मूढः कश्चिन वैयाकरणो
डुकृण्करणाध्ययन धुरीणः ।
बोधित आसीच्छोदित करणैः ॥ 33 ॥
Bhaja Govindam Slokam Meaning:
1) Worship Govinda, Worship Govinda, Worship Govinda. Oh fool! Rules of Grammar will not save you at the time of your death.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7) 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.
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.
9) From Satsangh comes non-attachment, from non-attachment comes freedom from delusion, which leads to self-settledness. From self-settledness comes Jeevan Mukti.
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?
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.
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.
13) This bouquet of twelve verses was imparted to a grammarian by the all-knowing Shankara, adored as the bhagavadpada.
14) 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.
15) 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.
16) 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.
17) 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.
18) 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.
19) 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.
20) 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.
21) 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.
22) 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.
23) 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.
24) 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.
25) 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.
26) 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.
27) 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.
28) 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.
29) He who yields to lust for pleasure leaves his body prey to disease. Though death brings an end to everything, man does not give up the sinful path.
30) 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.
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!
32) Thus was a silly grammarian lost in rules cleansed of his narrow vision and shown the Light by Shankara’s apostles.
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.