Fragrance of Life

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Bhaja Govindam is a very popular Hindu devotional Sanskrit Stotra  composed by Adi Sankaracharya. This popular 8th century philosophical hymn was written by for the common man. In Bhaja Govindam Adi Shankara teaches common man that devotion to Govinda (or God) is a significant part of general spirituality.  CharpataPanjarikaStrotram depicts the ultimate truth of life and invaluable jewel of Vedic literature. It describes who we are, what the relationship exactly mean for whom we devote whole life. All materialistic things are like illusion. The eternal truth is the divine blessings. It also tells us to pray Him all the way of life. It is considered as a good summary of Adi Sankara’s Advaita Vedanta. This is a very
melodious hymn of Sanskrit. Enjoy the given hymn.

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CharpataPanjarikaStrotram.

(The eighteen gems of wisdom)

By
Adi Sankaracharya

 

 

Dhinamapi rajani , sayam pratha,

Sisira vasanthou punarayatha,

Kala kreedathi
gachat yayu,

Sthadapi
na munjathyasa vayu        (Bhaja
Govindam…..)

 

Daily comes the night, eve and morn.

The autumn and spring,

Comes again and again every year.

Time forever plays with life,

But desire does not desert this body forever.             1

 

Agre Vahni
, prashte bhanu,

Rathrou chibuka samirpitha janu,

Karathala biksha  taru thala vasa

Sthadhapi na munjathyasapasa.          (Bhaja Govindam….)

 

The sun in the back,

And the fire behind,

Prevents biting cold during the day,

Knees meet the chin during the night,

To keep one warm.

And food comes by the daily begging,

Life is spent below a tree,

But desire does not desert this body forever.           2

 

Yavadvitho parjana saktha,

Sthavannija parivaro raktha

Paschat jeevathi jarajjara dehe,

Varthaam prucchathi ko apina gehe.         (Bhaja Govindam…..)

 

Till you are able to earn,

The wealth that everybody yearns,

All the family you love,

Will love and care.

But when the cage of your body gets old,

They would not even ask you,

“How are you?”
3

 

Jatilo mundee lunchitha kesa,

Kaashayambara bahu krutha vesha,

Pasyannapi
cha na pasyathi lokaa

Hyudhara nimittam bahu krutha soka.         (Bhaja govindam….)

 

Men with hairs overgrown,

Men with a shaved head,

Men with a well-cut hair,

Men with ochre robes,

See the world,

But pretend they don’t,

And suffer all the way,

To fill their belly forever.                              4

 

 

Bagavat geetha kinchid adheetha,

Gangaajalalava kanikaa peetha,

Sukrudhapi
yasya murari samarcha,

Tasya yama kim kuruthe charchaam.          (Bhaja Govindam…)

 

Read and imbibe Bhagavat Gita,

Drink a drop of the holy Ganga,

At least once salute the Lord,

Then the God of death,

Will not bother you forever.                        5

 

Angam galitham palitham mundam,

Dasanaviheenam
jatham thundam,

Vruddho yathi gruheetha dhandam,

Tadapi na munjathyaasa pindam.                   (Bhaja Govindam….)

 

The limbs have become weak,

The head has become fully bald,

There are no teeth in the mouth,

And the old man totters with an aid of a stick,

But desire does not desert this body ever.            6

 

Balasthavat kreedasaktha,

Stharunasthavath tharunee saktha,

Vrudha staavath chintha magna,

Parame brahmani kopi na lagna.                   (Bhaja Govindam….)

 

The child’s mind is engaged in play,

The youths mind is engaged in his lasses charms,

The old man’s mind is full of worries,

But no one thinks of the Ultimate Truth.       7

 

Punarapi jananam  punarapi maranam,

Punarapi janani jatare sayanam,

Iha samsaare khalu dusthare,

Krupayaa pare pahi murare.      (Bhaja Govindam…..)

 

Again and again one is born,

And again and again one dies,

And again and again one sleeps in the mother’s womb,

Help me to cross,

This limitless sea of Life,

Which is uncrossable, my Lord                              8

 

Punarapi Rajani, punarai divasa,

Punaraip paksha, punarapi maasa,

Punarapyayanam, punarapi varsham,

Tadapi na munjityasaamarsham.                        (Bhaja Govindam…..)

 

Again and again this dark nights,

Again and again this luster full days,

Again and again these months and years,

But pride and desire never leaves you forever             9

 

Vayasi gathe ka kama vikara,

Shushke neere ka kaasaara,

Nashte dravye
ka parivaara,

Gnathe tathwe ka samasaara.                             (Bhaja Govindam…)

 

Why this passion, when one totters with age,

Why the search for water in the dried up lake,

Why search for relations, when wealth dries,

There is no desire for life,

When you get real knowledge. Of truth        10

 

Naree sthana bhara nabhi nivesam,

Mithyaa mayaa mohaavesam,

Ethan mamsavasaadhi vikaram,

Manasi vichinthaya vaaram vaaram.                  (Bhaja Govindam….)

 

A lady’s busts divine,

Her bellies shapely,

They are but gates of deceit,

And the joy that is given out,

Is by flesh and fat alone..

Think of this,

Day in and day out
11

 

 

Kasthwam Ko aham kutha ayatha?

Kaa me janani ko me thatha.

Ithi paribhavaaya sarvamasaaram,

Viswam tyakthwa swapna vichaaram.            (Bhaja Govindam….)

 

Who am I?

Where from did I come?

Who is my mother ?

Who is my father?

Think of these,

Realize that this world,

Is but a meaningless
mirage,

And Leave  this
dream like world          12

 

Geyam Githa , Nama sahasram,

Dhyeyam sri pathi roopamajasram,

Neyam sajjana sange chittam,

Dheyam deenajanaaya cha vitham.                (Bhaja Govindam….)

 

Sing the Geetha,

And His thousand names,

Meditate on the Lord of Lakshmi,

Spend time with good souls,

Give all the wealth to the poor.           13

 

Yavajjevo nivasathi dehe,

Kusalam thaavath prucchathi gehe,

Gathavathi vaayou dehaapaaye,

Baryaa bhibyasthi tasmin kaye.                   (Bhaja Govindam…..)

 

Till the breath is in the body,

All friends ask your welfare,

When it leaves your frame,

Even your darling wife,

Is full of fear of you , Hey fool        14

Sukhadha kriyathe ramaa bhoga,

Paschatdandha sarere roga,

Yadyapi loke maranam saranam,

Tadapi na munchathi papacharanam.           (Bhaja Govindam…..)

 

It is but for pleasure,

That a lady is sought,

Slowly the body gets sick,

The only path leads you,

To your death for sure,

Still no one leaves the sinful ways.    15

 

Radhyaa charpata virachita kkandha,

Punyaapunya vivarjitha padha.

Naaham nathwa naayam loka,

Stadhapi kimartham kriyathe soka.              (Bhaja Govindam…..)

 

Like collecting strewn
rags all the way,

In life one collects sin and  good deeds.

Realize that  me or
you,

Is not the truth.

In your newly chartered path

Still why are you sad?      16

 

Kuruthe Gangaa sagara gamanam,

Vrutha paripaalana madhava dhaanam,

Gnana viheena sarvamathena,

Mukthin na bhavathi janma sathena.             (Bhaja Govindam…..)

 

Take bath in Ganga,

Take a dip in the ocean,

Observe penance,

Give money to charity.

All faiths tell you without fail,

And if you do not realize this truth,

Even in hundred lives,

You will not attain the Lord.                 17

 

Yoga ratho vaa bhogaratho vaa,

Sanga ratho vaa sanga viheena,

Yasya brahmani ramathe chittam,

Nandathi nandathi nandathyeva.              (Bhaja Govindam….)

 

You get joy,

Of meditation or passion,

Or you get joy,

In solitude or in company,

But All these  are
but impermanent.

Try to make your mind one,

With Para Brahmam,

That is the only permanent joy.          18

 

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