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


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