Thursday, 7 September 2017

Bhaja Govindam -verse 5

HARIH  OM 
           In  the  5th  verse  ,the  acharya  says that  as long  as  a man  has  the ability  to  earn  and  save so  long  only  his  family  members  will  respect  him and  will  be  attached  to  him. Later on  when  he  comes  to  live  with  an old  and  infirm  body , when  he  becomes  an useless  member  of  the  family  ,  he  draws  no  more  respect from  them .  Man  is  generally  a  selfish  being.  Whenever  he  gives  something  to  others  ,he  expects  some  benefits  from them. . This  is  seen  in many  families . When  the  earning  member  of  the  family  retires  from  his  job and  so  stops  earning, then  the  other  members  of  his   family  stop  paying  him  any  respect. 

     The  capacity  to earn  and save ,   that  is  spoken  of  in this  verse  , as  the  vittarjanasakti ,  is to  be  taken  in its  widest  sense because  wealth  refers  to all  things  that  you  think  can  give  you  happiness.  It  also  includes all  the  powers  both  secular  and  spiritual  that  you   may  have.  So  the  acharya  says  that  all  the  wealth  and  powers  you  may  earn  will  leave  you  one day  as  everything  is  impermanent.  So  the  goal  of  life is  not  just  earning  money , though  money  is  essential  for  a  decent  survival.  Sankara  says  look  for  peace and  self  sufficiency. , so  that  you  do not  get  affected  by  others' changing  attitudes  towards  you.  

      Let  a  man  develop  the  pratipaksha  bhavana against  the  world which  boosts  his  ego  when  he  has  wealth  and  rejects  him  when  he gets  old  and  infirm.  So  through  contemplation , you  should  take  away your mind from  all  the  vanities of  the  world  and keep  your   mind  centred  on the  Lord. . This  is  not  to  say  that  one  should  not  earn  nor  go  after  making  a  successful  career . In  modern  times  the  financial advisors  advice  a man  how  to keep his   savings   safe  so  that  he  has  financial  independence . But  before  the  world  rejects  you  , reject  the  world  and  all its  false  vanities. . Through  this  pratipaksha  bhavana , realise  that wealth  does  not remain  forever with you  nor  your  physical  body  remains  the  same as you age. . So  prepare  yourself  to  live  an  independent  life , not  depending  on anyone  for  your  needs. . This  is  intelligent  living. 

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