Bhaja Govindam – Verse 17, 18 and 19

Verse 17

कुरुते गङ्गासागरगमनं
व्रतपरिपालनमथवा दानम् ।
ज्ञानविहीनः सर्वमतेन
मुक्तिं न भजति जन्मशतेन ॥ १७॥

One may go to Gangasagar, observe fasts, and give away riches in charity! Yet, devoid of jnana, nothing can give mukti even at the end of a hundred births.

• Kurute – means do or go
• Gangasagara –agamana – visit all temples, holy places, take dip in Ganges etc. Agamana means enter or visit
• Vrata-paripalana- observe fasts
• Athva dhanam– or give away donations or do charities
• Jnana vihina sarvam thena– without jnanam or the understanding of that totality
• Mukti Na bhajathi – the person will not get mukti
• Janma –kshatena – even after taking birth 100 times
Verse 18

सुर मन्दिर तरु मूल निवासः
शय्या भूतल मजिनं वासः ।
सर्व परिग्रह भोग त्यागः
कस्य सुखं न करोति विरागः ॥ १८॥

• Sura mandira – temple
• Tharu mula – the shade of a tree
• Nivasa – is the abode of a person
• Shayya – a bed
• Bhutalam – the level ground or plain ground
• Ajinam vasah – ajinam means the deer skin and vasah means the asanam on which a person sits and meditates
• Sarva parigraha – all the objects
• Bhoga tyaga – leave the desire
• Kasya sukham – who cannot get this pleasure
• Na karoti viraga – when a person develops vairagyam or dispassion towards owning things.

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?

Verse 19

योगरतो वाभोगरतोवा
सङ्गरतो वा सङ्गविहीनः ।
यस्य ब्रह्मणि रमते चित्तं
नन्दति नन्दति नन्दत्येव ॥ १९॥

• Yogaratho va – a person who is involved in doing yoga or actions
• Bhogaratho va – a person who is enjoying pleasures
• Satsangath va – a person who is involved in satsang or involved with likeminded people
• Sangavihina – this person when he does not get really attached to any of these
• Yasya – whose
• Brahmani – mind is engrossed in Brahman
• Ramathe Chittham – the person is enjoying himself due to his true nature known or he has discovered his own true self
• Nandhati Nandhati nandhat-eva – the person will always be happy.

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.

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