Bhaja Govindam- Verse 19 with story and essence




Verse 19

Yogarato Va Bhogarato Va

Sangarato Va Sangavihinah

Yasya Brahmani Ramate Cittam

Nandati Nandati Nandatyeva

Bhaja Govindam Bhaja Govindam

Let one revel in Yoga or let one revel in Bhoga.  Let one seek enjoyment in company or revel in solitude away from the crowd.  He whose mind revels in Brahman, he enjoys … verily, he alone enjoys.

Story based on Verse 19


There is an outer world and inner world. We focus on the outer world but what impacts our lives are the inner world of thoughts and feelings. To change the inner world is most important. One can show outwardly that he is at peace; but can be miserable when mind is not at peace. We do not live in the world. We live in our minds and our minds are reliving in our past. So, our present is but an extension of our past. Such a mind cannot see anything new or the timeless Brahman.

For those who are already in the spiritual path; we must realise that time is an expression of thought and between thoughts there is thoughtlessness which is timelessness. When we enter into that gap between thoughts; we will see a state beyond the mind which will liberate us; so, seek Govinda O foolish mind.

For students

Story based on above verse

Explaining this concept to students; one should have a strong inner conviction, faith which will not be disturbed by outer circumstances. This should be developed from young by inculcating the right values and faith. When the inner engineering is good; the outer will be taken care. The core is important. When the students start practising this during their education and in life; slowly they will develop the clarity of mind and realise the inner strength and when ready they will work towards realising the ultimate.


Essence- Adapted from Bhaja Govindam by Swami Sukhbodananda


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