Sanskrit Times – Episode 4

Hi Readers,

Hope you’re doing well, wherever you’re in the world. Today I am going to share a couple of verses from one of the great works of an 8th century Indian Philosopher Sri Adi Shankaracharya – Bhaja Govindam. It is a song/poetry that reminds the sage’s followers to reflect on the Truth (so as to be free from illusions of the mind). It starts like this:

bhaja govindaṃ bhaja govindaṃ
govindaṃ bhaja mūḍhamate |
samprāpte sannihite kāle
nahi nahi rakśhati ḍukriṅkaraṇe

Sing the name of Govinda*, Repeat the name of Govinda,
Serve Govinda, oh deluded mind!
At the time of your death,
Rules of grammar will not save you.

bāla stāvat krīḍāsaktaḥ
taruṇa stāvat taruṇīsaktaḥ |
vṛddha stāvat-chintāmagnaḥ
parame brahmaṇi koapi na lagnaḥ
bhaja govindaṃ bhaja govindaṃ
govindaṃ bhaja mūḍhamate

Childhood flickers by in play;
in youth, one is attached to sense pleasures;
in old age, one is burdened with worry and anxiety.
Life slips by without one ever paying heed to the attainment
of Self-Knowledge, knowing Brahman**
Oh deluded mind, sing the name of Govinda,
Repeat the name of Govinda, serve Govinda.

*Govinda literally means cowherd. Historically, it refers to the God Personality – Krishna. (Replacing this name with Jesus or Buddha – wouldn’t alter the intention of the author).

**Brahman is the Ultimate Reality, commonly referred as “Self”. Advaita Vedanta (Non-duality) philosophy says our Soul is the Self – but this knowledge is hidden because of our identification with body, and mind (which are bound to pleasure and pain). Self-realization is possible through the practices of Yoga.

I hope you find this post useful. Thank you so much for reading.

Who are you?

When I pronounce your name*

Something inside me moves

And then, I cry, giggle and criggle

Who are you?

I was agnostic about Past Lives

But now, I am not sure

Were you a Friend, a Lover from the Past?

Please tell me, who are you?

I do not see you

Yet I find you real

Like invisible atoms in my being,

Do you hide yourself and play

the famous “who are you” game?

I must be you

How else could I explain our deep connection?

How else could I explain my own existence?

Am I not you? 😉

*The name can be many, for me, the name is Krishna!



“You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also.”

Yeshua (The Gospel of John)

Who is the Seer?

Photo clicked by me – At home

Who’s seeing the distance mountain?
The windows of my living room?
My unblinking eyes?
My complex brain that processes the visual information?
Or my soul – the subtle but significant ‘Me’?
Or is it the Soul of the Universe through my little soul?

If it is the Soul that sees the distance mountain,
Neither do I need a soul,
Nor a pair of tiny eyes,
Nor a complex brain, nor a body made of flesh and bones,
Nor the windows of my living room – to see the distance mountain
As the Soul of the Universe is Aware of Itself.

Now who am I? Am I the seer? Or Am I the seen? Or both?

Soul of the Universe = Holy Spirit = Brahman = Self = Allah = God = Absolute