Bhaja Govindam – Adi Shankaracharya Verse – 25

HariH Aum Gurubhyo NamaH |

Bhaja Govindam Verse – 25


शत्रौ मित्रे पुत्रे बन्धौ, मा कुरु यत्नं विग्रहसन्धौ।
सर्वस्मिन्नपि पश्यात्मानं,सर्वत्रोत्सृज भेदाज्ञानम् ॥२५॥
satrau mitre putre bandhau ma kuru yatnaM vigrahasandhau,

sarvasminnapi pasyatmanaM sarvatrotsrja bhedajñanam – 25


  • Explanation of Pujya Swami Viditatmananda Ji

Strive not; waste not your energy to fight against or to make friends with your enemy, friend, son, or relative. Seeking the Self everywhere, discard the sense of division, born out of ignorance.

Vigraha sandhau yatnaM ma kuru, don’t keep on wasting your time doing vigraha, battle or war, and sandhi, alliance or friendship. I find myself doing this constantly. When I am confronted with something agreeable or pleasant, I make friends with that. When I am confronted with something that is disagreeable or unpleasant, I immediately proceed to develop enmity towards that. I make friends with some people and I create enmity with some others because there is someone whom I brand as a satru or enemy, and someone else whom I brand as a mitra or friend. Then there is one whom I brand as a putra , son, and another whom I brand as a bandhu, relative. Thus, there is the enemy, the friend, the son, and the relative. I keep on confronting all of this and I keep responding to them, meaning I come under their spell.

Thus, in my life, I am constantly engaged in vigraha, division or sandhi, joining. I want to keep myself away from something that is unpleasant, or I want to keep myself with something that is pleasant. This is what I am trying to do constantly and this is the story of my life. I waste my life in always seeking to be with that which is pleasant or avoiding that which is unpleasant.

Don’t do this because it will completely exhaust your life. There is no end to the pleasant and the unpleasant; life will keep on presenting these two things. You are not always going to confront the pleasant, and neither will you always have to contend with the unpleasant. The pleasant and the unpleasant, the agreeable and the disagreeable will keep on coming to you, and continually trying to adjust things in such a manner that everything is agreeable will never work.

Ma kuru yatnaM vigrahasandhau, don’t keep on trying to rearrange things around yourself in search of an ideal arrangement. I am constantly trying to find that one ideal arrangement that would be perfect, but when I do discover the arrangement, I find that that is not what I want. So I re-arrange it. Again, it is not quite what I want. Like this, we re-arrange our jobs, our houses, and sometimes, even our families! Where is the end to that? There is no end to it.

Therefore, ma kuru yatnaM vigrahasandhau. I find myself either fighting with the situation or in love with the situation. That is not love, but attachment. Don’t waste your time like this, because there is no end to this. Then what should you do?

Sarvasmin pasya atmanam, may you see the oneself in all. May you understand that it is the same Visnu that comes as the pleasant, who comes as the unpleasant as well.

Sarvatra uts ja bheda ajñanam. Utsrja is discard or give up.

Give up what?

Bheda ajñanam, that bheda or division, which is a product of ajñanam or ignorance. Because of ignorance, you take the personality alone to be real, the costume alone to be real, and the external appearance alone to be real. Appreciate that through that costume, or the variety or multiplicity, there is that one manifesting itself and, therefore, seek to give up the duality or division that arises from ignorance. Seek to see the same self in everyone.

Why is it that we are not able to see the same self in everyone?

It is because we come under the spell of the situation!

How is it that we come under the spell of the situation? That happens because there are difficulties within our own self. As long as those reactions and impurities are there in my heart, so long am I not able to maintain equanimity of the mind. Only later on do I realize that I should not have become angry, or that I should not have said this, or that I should not have behaved like that.

I realize it after the fact, but when the situation is upon me, I just forget myself. I forget my values. Why is it so?

If I am alert in every situation, it would not be difficult for me to live by my values. However, there are
Different situations when I am not alert. At those times, I lose myself in my own reactions.

HariH Om __/\__
Courtesy : Sri Subramaniyam Balaji
Credit : Swami Viditatmananda Saraswathi Ji

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