Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Bhaja Govindam -verse 4 part 2

          In  the  4th  verse,  the  acharya  is  showing  an  urgency  in his  words  when  he  says  do not  waste  your  life  over mundane  and  useless  things. . Lord  Buddha  ,it  is  said , also  showed  a similar  urgency  in his  words  when  he  said ' sarvan dukkham , dukkham,  sarvam  kshanikam ,kshanikam '. The  analogy  of  the  water drops  on the  lotus  petals  has  Vedantic  importance . The  lotus  is  born  in water,  nourished and  nurtured by  water  and  ultimately  perishes  in water.  and  then  becomes  an expression  of  water only. . Similarly  , Brahman  the  infinite itself  expresses itself  as  the  jivatma  by mere  sankalpa. . The  jivatma  is  the  expression  of  the  Paramatma / Brahman  at  the  individual  level.  When  the  jivatma , which  has  identified  itself  with its  own  instruments,  transcends them  , it  comes  back to  its  own  source  -the  Paramatma. . So  the  waterdrops  falling  on a  lotus  petal   and  merging  with  the  waters  of the  lake is  the  same as  the  jivatma shedding  its  own  identifications  and  merging  back  with  the  Paramatma  and  realising   that it  was  none  other  than  the  Paramatma  / Brahman  at  all  times. 

       The  physical  body  is  attacked  by  various  types  of  diseases  which  cause  pain  to the  physical  body  . But  suffering  is  always  at  the  mental  level. So  one  can  choose  to  suffer  or  choose  not  to. Suffering  is  optional.  The  intellect  is  always  bothered  by  desires  and  they  are  deadly  if they  are left  unchecked  for  they  then  turn  into  greed , anger , delusion ,envy, conceit  and  fear. . So  the  individual  gets  surrounded   by diseases and  endless  desires   and  the  jivatma  suffers  all  through  his   life. . The  acharya  expresses  concern  at  the  individual  who  just  wastes  all  his  life going  through  pain , suffering  and  sorrow. . So  he  says  put  in your  best  efforts  in the  here  and  now to  attain  the  state  of  liberation. 

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