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.



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