Sunday, 23 July 2017

Bhaja Govindam- verse 2

                In  the  second  verse, the  acharya  says, ' oh  fool, give  up  the  thirst  to  possess  wealth  , create  in your  mind, devoid  of  passions  , thoughts  of  the  Reality. Whatever  you  gain  as  fruits  of  your  actions, keep  your  mind  content  with  that  wealth ' .  Human  beings  are  driven  by  two  powerful  forces - the  desire  to acquire  and  the  desire  to  enjoy. . This  verse  deals  with the powerful  desire  to  acquire. . So  a person  forces  himself to  acquire ,  aggrandise and  hoard material  wealth. . Sankara  calls  such  a  man  a  moodah  , a  fool,  because  ,this  person  though  endowed  with  the  ability  to  withdraw  his  mind  from  worldly  desires   and  direct  it  to  the  Supreme  Self  ,which  is  within  him   ,    is  busy  wasting  his  life  over acquiring  and  hoarding  material  wealth  ,which  is  temporary   .

         In  the  Kathopanishad , Nachiketas  ,a nine  year  old  boy , is  asking  Yamraj  to  explain  to  him  about  what  lies  beyond  death ,  but  Yamraj  wants  to  test  his  vairagya  ,so  he  tempts  the  little  boy with  all  the  wealth  of  this  world  ,  a life  as  long  as  he  wishes  to  live  and  so  on. . Yet  Nachiketas  refuses  to  be  tempted  by  the  worldly  pleasures  and  wealth  ,and  he  says, 'keep thou  your  chariot , dance  and  music ,  for  man  is  not to  be  satisfied with  wealth  however  much  he  has. . These  material  things  and  pleasures  will  decay  ,the  power  of  the  five  senses  also  will  decay . Even  the  longest  life  promised  by  you  is  after all only  temporary. '. Nachiketas  does   not  show  even  a  small  trace  of  desire  to  acquire anything  that  is  being   offered  by  Yamraj.  So  he  wants  his  third  boon to  be  fulfilled  by  Yama , the  Lord  of  death . He  wants  to  know  about  the  great  passing  beyond  ie  the  supreme  life after  death. . Such is  the  vairagya  being  displayed  by  this  little  boy. 

      The  explanations  for  this  verse  will  continue  in the  next  few  pages. 

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