Bhaja Govindam Verse 10 with story and essence

Verse 10

Vayasi Gate Kah Kamavikarah

Suske Nire Kah Kasarah

Ksine Vitte Kah Parivaro

Jnate Tattve Kah Samsara.

Bhaja Govindam Bhaja Govindam


When the age (youthfulness) has passed, where is lust and its play?  When water is evaporated (dried up), where is the lake? When the wealth is reduced, where is the retinue?  When the Truth is realized, where is the samsara? Seek Govinda o foolish mind.

Story 11- Verse 10

In a village in southern India there lived a rich merchant who had a son after many years of his marriage. The merchant had so much wealth that the son was pampered and raised,  every possible whim or fancy indulged and best things money could buy. He also loved his son very much. In time  as the son grew up he was surrounded by many friends who would enjoy all the gifts and parties given by him. When he came of a marriageable age he received proposals from the most beautiful and rich brides; everything was going great for him.  He went on spending his father’s fortune and one fine day he became bankrupt. He turned to his friends for help. Now all his friends started avoiding him. When money left; the friends also left him. His wife and children also didn’t want to stay with a man who had nothing. The man was left alone with bad health with all his bad vices. His body gave way and he became bed ridden;  he started reflecting on how he had wasted his life by getting attached to the material objects and didn’t do anything to develop himself, realizing that he  was a failure in both the material as well as spiritual life.


He became very depressed, but fate intervened  and wandering saint came to him.  Saints coming to ones life is by the grace of God. He saw the sorry state of this man and took him to his ashram. His disciples took good care of this man. When he was feeling much better; the man asked the saint’s permission to stay in the ashram and serve him. He also wanted the  saint or Master to impart some knowledge to him. The Master was kind and advised the man; “My child, Be a Lion, not a dog.” This man did not understand what the Master meant by this statement. The Master then explained; “When you throw a ball in front of the dog, it will run after the ball. When you throw something at the Lion its attention is still on you, not on the object you throw. It will be waiting to grab hold of you. All these years you were like a dog running about the temporary pleasures of life like your wealth, youth, wife, children and you didn’t ever try to focus on the real and permanent truth of life. Now at least realise this and seek and focus on that what is permanent. You will be much happier.”


The man was grateful to the Master and by serving , living a spiritual life at the ashram; he became healthy, happy and contented. He soon realised that this world is impermanent and that he has to seek something higher which is the ultimate. He was a diligent and devoted disciple and the Master on seeing the man’s transformation declared him as his successor for the ashram. This man was then initiated to monkhood by the master and he took charge of the ashram and its duties imparting the knowledge of truth and wisdom to all his disciples.


The worldly things are temporary. It is not the Truth. What we experience daily is the relative truth. That is the cause of our ups and downs; joys and sorrows. This is because it is not permanent. Once we realise the Truth which is permanent; that we are the Brahman then the samsara will not affect us. This can be achieved only when we contemplate ,  look within ourselves and be guided to the real self.

For students

Story for students

Be focussed on the goal like the lion. Do not get distracted by other things which take you away from your goal. When one has to achieve something, one should develop concentration and work towards achieving the goal. It is easy to get distracted with so many external factors around us; but if we are clear about our goals we will get back to work towards it after some temporary distractions. For this we have to develop clarity of thought and inner strength which can be developed by regular practise of the human values.


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