Sunday, 20 August 2017

Bhaja Govindam- verse 3 part 4

                        The  acharya  says  reflect  over and  over  on this  aspect  in your  mind . In  the  Vivekachudamani  , Sankaracharya  says  in verse  22 " dosha  dhrishtyaa  muhurmuhu "  to  rise  above  desires  for  kanchana  and  kamini. . Reflecting  on this  ,one  develops  the  pratipaksha  bhavana ,that  is  ,through intellectual  evaluation  you  view sense  objects  from  a  different  angle. Sense  objects are  only  ephemeral  ,  temporary  and  the  law  of  diminishing  returns  applies  here   and  the  more  you  indulge  in sense  pleasures  , the  more you  develop  a  disgust  for  them. 

                   In  the  Kathopanishad , Nachiketas , when  tempted  by  Lord Yama with  varieties  of  wealth  and  pleasures,  says  they  are  ephemeral  ,and  they  tend  to  decay the  fire  of  all  senses  in man  . The  sense  objects  being  finite  and  when  meddled  with,  they  tend  to  weaken  the  very instrument  of  our  appreciation  and  enjoyment. . The  first  laddu  is  sweet and  may be  welcomed  eagerly,  but  not  so  much  the  fifth, and  definitely  not  the  twentieth  laddu  which  will  give  only  pain. . Nachiketas  uses  the word ' svah  abhava '  that  they  will  not  last  even  till  tomorrow.  

            The  acharya  sees  them from  a  new  angle  . He  says  the  entire  body  of  a  man  or a  woman is  composed  only  of  flesh  and fat  packed  within  the  skin. . So  when  this  truth  is  brought  in front  of  one's  mind  ,  one  comes  to  retreat  from  the  indulgence  of  sensual  pleasures . So  through  developing  a  pratipaksha  bhavana , one  can  re-educate  one's  mind that  after all  the body  comprising  of  only  flesh,  fat,  bones  and  blood  is  after all  not  that  pleasing  to  look at  when  seen  from the  new  angle. . So  the  acharya  in the  very  beginning  of  the  Bhaja  Govindam  thrashes  the  importance  given  to  the  two  most  important  attractions  man  has  that  of  wealth and  his  instinctive  longing  for  the  flesh.  

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