|Our people have
heard the "Bhaja Govindam" song and they know it. It is not new to them.
Snatches of it are sung now and then. Yet, it is good to read it in full, as a whole poem.
It was with great delight that I read all the 31 verses and I was seized with a desire to
convey the wealth of its import to others. I am aware that this too is an impulsion of
desire. Yet, the desire is irresistible and I shall fulfil it. The wise ones should
Lift the heart up to Govinda, lift the
heart up to Govinda,
Lift the heart up to Govinda, O foolish mind!
When thou art at death's door,
The rules of grammar, which you are trying to master, will
be of no avail.
The Goddess of Learning Herself speaks through Sankara,
beloved of her. Will the sciences that you have learnt, the books that you have read and
the skills that you have acquired, will these stand by you when you are at death's door?
No, they will not. Save yourself by supplicating to Govinda. When the God of Death gives
an ultimatum to you and beckons to you to come to his regions, you cannot argue with him
with the aid of the books you have mastered. The only way to escape is to worship Govinda.
Book learning without devotion to God will not avail in the presence of Death.