Bhaja Govindam- Verse 20 with story and essence

Verse 20

Bhagavadgita Kincidadhita

Ganga Jalalavakanika Pita

Sakrdapi Yena Murarisamarca

Kriyate Tasye Yamena Na Carca

Bhaja Govindam Bhaja Govindam

To one who has studied the Bhagavad Gita even a little, who has sipped at least a drop of Ganges-water, who has worshipped at least once Lord Murari, there is no discussion (quarrel) with Yama, the Lord of Death.

Story based on verse 20


One must live the verse. When we start practicing even one value of the Geeta uncompromisingly, slowly other values will come to us. One must make a conscious decision to practice what we have learned.

As one grows and is in the path of spirituality he realises that the joy of Vedanta is in its practice.  When we run after other pleasures, they only leave us wanting more but in Vedanta, when we learn to practice, it is a joy that is very fulfilling and makes one peaceful. Taking a dip in the river, people resolve not to go back to their old ways of living; they are ready to start fresh.  Though the water touches only the body the attitude within also changes.

Worship the Lord with sincerity. To those people with complete faith and surrender; death comes with acceptance.  To those who live intelligently and practice what they learn, there will be no fear of death.

For students

Story based on the above verse

It is important to develop the human values from a young age so that it is ingrained in them and they start leading that value based life from their young age. Children should be taught from very young to have faith first in themselves and also faith in God. The children who are brought up in such a manner tend to be more resilient and face life boldly with inner strength and conviction.


Story adapted from Sathya Sai Speaks

Essence adapted from Chinmaya Chyk blog


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