Bhaja Govindam- Verse 13 with story and essence



Verse 13

Ka Te Kanta Dhanagatacinta

Vatula Kim Tava Nasti Niyanta

Trijagati Sajjanasangatireka

Bhavati Bhavarnavatarane Nauka

Bhaja Govindam Bhaja Govindam

Oh Distracted one! Why worry about wife, wealth, etc.? Is there not for you the One who ordains (rules, commands)?  In the three worlds it is the association with good people alone that can serve as a boat to cross the sea of change (birth and death). O foolish mind; Seek Govinda !

Story based on the above verse


Once a very rich man was on a train and traveling in the same compartment, sitting opposite and unknown to him, was a saint. The rich man watched him with  unwavering disgust and disdain. When lunchtime came around, he signaled to his servant who was sitting in a corner to serve the meal he had brought with him. Whilst the rich man was eating his lunch, he suddenly began to scold and berate the saint. “You good-for-nothing, useless beggar, loafer and knock around. You waste God’s time and are not useful to anyone. Do you expect others to feed and help you? You can only gain the respect of others by working and earning a living. I have worked hard and made my way, and by my great efforts have become very rich and can afford everything. See how sumptuously I eat, but don’t think I will share any of it with you – just see where you will get your lunch from.”

In a gentle and friendly voice, the saint began to speak. “Sir, there is no need to scold me for I do not demand anything from you. If I have unknowingly caused you to be angry then I ask you to forgive me. It was not my intention, and besides, God always provides me with all the necessities, when and where I need them. Therefore sir, don’t be afraid that I will ask or require, anything from you.”

“Yes, yes, everything falls down from heaven and comes by itself,” the rich man scoffed. “Don’t make me laugh. ‘Work hard’ is my motto as nothing falls down from heaven.”
Silently the saint directed his gaze down to the floor and said nothing. As the train came to a halt at the next station, a guard hurried through the corridor, calling out that there would be a half hour stop.

Quietly and calmly the saint got up, left the train and went outside to get a drink of water. As the rich man was observing the saint from his train window, he saw another person hurry over to the saint with a big multi stage food container, calling out, “Swami, Swami. My master sent me to offer you this meal.” Hardly had the saint received the container when the man who had brought the food vanished from sight. The rich man watched in astonishment. Then he saw how the saint sat down on the ground, opened the containers and offered all the food to God, thanking Him for His wonderful care. Then he called all the hungry beggars around, took a small portion for himself and distributed the rest to the beggars. The rich man, full of envious surprise, realized that the saint’s meal had been much more sumptuous and inviting than his own.

When the saint got back into the compartment, he said to the rich man with a gentle and loving glance, “See sir, my Lord has blessed me with an abundant meal. You are just a gentleman of this world but my Lord, however, is ruler of the whole universe. Since I live only for Him, trust in Him and love Him, He cares for me every time, never leaving me alone. He provides me every time and everywhere with everything I need. I have totally surrendered my life to Him, continually thinking of Him and placing all my trust in Him.”


We as humans are attached to our family and material objects of the world. We live in fear and insecurity. We constantly try to protect them and worry about them. Worry is like a rocking chair, it keeps us busy but leads us nowhere. When we worry there is leakage of energies. When there is leakage of energies, overflowing is not possible. It is by overflowing energies alone that one can be filled with the mystery of the divine. One has to drop worrying. If one learns to trust in God and operate out of trust, worry would automatically stop.

Trust, faith, gratitude can be developed when one is in the company of good and wise people. While it is true that being in good company is likely to enhance our own growth, only being in the company of the wise is not a sufficient condition for our own growth. While living in one of the ashrams in North India, there was a cow that used to be in constant company of Adi Shankaracharya. Even though the cow had an opportunity to listen to all of Shankara’s spiritual discourses day after day, the poor cow did not derive any benefit from it. The reason – the cow was constantly meditating on the grass that it was eating and not on the beautiful discourses of Shankara! Thus, a man who just sits in the satsang without attempting to grasp the wisdom being taught is not much better than this cow who got lucky to get the company of one of the wisest men that ever lived. So let us grasp the essence and purpose of satsang which will guide us in the path of happiness and peace.

For Students

Story based on the above verse

Amongst all other activities that children pursue daily, it is essential to spare a few minutes to remember God and be grateful and thankful for all the blessings He bestows on us. If some time is invested in listening or reading to good and inspiring books, spending some time in silent sitting; it will go a long way in helping them lead a balanced and contented life.

Essence ref- Bhaja Govindam by Swami Sukhbodananda



Bhaja Govindam- Verse 12 with story and essence


Verse 12

Dinayaaminyau saayam praatah
Shishiravasantau punaraayaatah
Kaalah kriidati gachchhatyaayuh
Tadapi na mujncatyaashaavaayuh

Bhaja Govindam Bhaja Govindam

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. Seek Govinda

Story based on Verse 12

Once upon a time there was a rich businessman who was interested only in making money and enjoying a luxurious life. He was very attached to his family and all his possessions. He didn’t have time for any spiritual activities or prayers. One day some acquaintance of his visited him and advised him that he was too much engrossed in making money that he didn’t have time for remembering the Lord who has blessed him with all the good things of life; and that he should be grateful and thank the Lord once in a while at least; only then can he remember the Lord in his last days.


The rich man heard what his friend had to say and decided to outwit God. He thought that if he named his children the names of God; he could call them in the last moments of his life and this was the best way. He had heard a story as a kid about Ajimala who was a wicked man but since he had named his son ‘Narayana’ he called out this name in the last moments of his life and was spared by the God of death and instead he attained Vaikunta. He decided to apply the same tactics.

He had four sons who he named as Madhav, Gopal, Narayan and Ram. He was sure that he would call these names in his last moments and he will attain heaven. He continued in his pursuit of wealth and material possessions. Time went by and he grew old and was on his death bed. When his last moments had come; he called out his sons. The whole family was next to him. He had a look at them and when he saw all his four sons were there; he shouted out; “What are all of you doing here? Atleast one of you should have been in the shop; we will lose the business.” With those last words he passed away. At the end of his life he only remembered what he did throughout his life and his smartness to outwit God didn’t work.

Only when we remember God during our youth days can we remember Him in our last leg of life.


In this verse Shankara tells us that life is transient. Seasons, ups and downs will come and go but we never control our desires. Day by day the desires increases. We seek happiness outside which is temporary; we chase it and get deluded but we don’t stop the chase and forget to look within.

We don’t seek spirituality which will lead us to the ultimate bliss. Shankara exhorts us the need for spiritual pursuit and seek that which is permanent. That requires practise. When one never remembers God during his younger days how will he remember in the last phase of his life?  There is no time to waste. We must use all the senses and intellect to remove the temporary desires; direct it towards the pursuit of ever lasting peace and happiness.

For Students

Suggested story on contentment

The importance of Ceiling on desires through examples, stories, games can be taught to children. Nowadays parents have an equal role in spoiling the children by getting them all sorts of gadgets and expensive goods to keep them happy. Outside world is filled with materialism and media promotes all these things further. Many children compare their friends and keep demanding from parents and throw tantrums when they don’t get those things. If parents are unable to provide; some children get into wrong ways in order to somehow get what they desires. There is no limit to desires. The more one’s desires are satisfied; the more one craves for. One should possess what one needs enough to be comfortable and be reasonable about it rather than always being discontented.



The wallet


Value- Truth

Sub value-Illusion

Once an old man was travelling by train on a pilgrimage to Brindavan. At night, whilst he was asleep, his wallet fell from his pocket. A co-passenger found it the next morning and enquired as to whom the wallet belonged. The old man said it was his. A picture of Sri Krishna inside the wallet was proof that the wallet really belonged to him.


The old man then began to relate the story of the wallet. He soon had a group of eager listeners around him. Lifting up the purse for all to see, the old man said: This purse has a long history behind it. My father gave it to me years ago when I was a mere schoolboy. I kept my little pocket money in it and also a photograph of my parents.

Years passed. I grew up and began studying at university. Like every youth, I became conscious of my appearance. I replaced my parents’ photograph with that of my own and I would look at it often. I had become my own admirer.

Then came marriage. Self-admiration gave way to the consciousness of a family. Out went my own picture and I replaced it with that of my wife’s. During the day I would open the wallet many times and gaze at the picture. All tiredness vanished and I would resume my work with enthusiasm.

Then came the birth of my first child. What a joy I experienced when I became a father! I would eagerly rush home after work to play with my little baby. Needless to say, my wife’s picture had already made way for the child’s.

The old man paused. Wiping his tearful eyes, he looked around and said in a sad voice: Friends, my parents passed away long ago. My wife too died five years ago. My son- my only son- is now married. He is too busy with his career and his family. He has no time for me. I now stand on the brink of death. I do not know what awaits me in future. Everything I loved, everything I considered my own, has left me.

A picture of Lord Krishna now occupies the place in my wallet. I know He will never leave me. I wish now that I had kept HIS picture with me right from the beginning! He alone is true; all others are just passing shadows.


Earthly ties are transitory. Today they seem to be the be-all and end-all of life, and tomorrow they vanish. Our real tie is with God. God is one’s very own. It is the eternal relationship. He is ever looking after us. Call on the Lord who pervades the entire universe. He will shower His blessings upon you. Our wealth will remain on earth; our cattle will remain in the stables, our spouse will come till the entrance door, our relatives and friends will come till the cremation ground, our body will accompany us till the funeral pyre, but on the way beyond this life only our Karmas will accompany us; hence we must strive to do good.


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