Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Bhaja Govindam - verse 6

            The  acharya  in the  sixth  verse  says : As  long  as  there  is  breath  in the  body  of  a  man  ,so  long  only  everyone  in  his  family  would  enquire  about  his   welfare.  Once  life  leaves  this  body  , the  body  decays  and  even  the  wife  is  afraid  of  going  near  that  body.  The  earlier  verses  highlighted  the  hollowness  of  pursuing  wealth  and  worldly  pleasures   and  indulging  in  sensual  pleasures,  the  sixth  verse highlights  the  importance of understanding  that  this   body  is  only  a  temporary  vesture  given  to  him  by  the  Lord.  So  the  acharya  wants  us  to understand  that  we  should  not  waste  our  life  in  giving over importance  to  this  physical  body.  The  jivatma  along  with  the  subtle  and  causal  body  quits this physical  body  when  his  prarabda karma  gets  exhausted. So  Sastras  say  this  human  birth  is  very  rare  hence  precious ,  so  seek  the Divine  even  when  life  is  still  in this  body. 

        Sastras  do not  tell us  to  neglect  this  body , nor  to deny  fulfilling  its  needs  in   legitimate ways.  We  have  to  keep  this  body  healthy  , so  that  we  can  pursue  the  path  of  knowledge , attain  jnanam  and  become  free .  In  one  of  the  lines  of  the  shanti  mantra   in  the  Mundaka  Upanishad both  the  guru  and  the  disciples  pray " may  we have     hale   and  healthy limbs  to  enable  us   to  sing the  glories  of  the  Lord  and    , may  we  live  the  entire  span  of  our  life , so  that  we  can  dedicate  our  life for  a  higher purpose."  So  a  perfectly  healthy  body  is  essential  for  enquiring  and  knowing  the  Truth 

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