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This work of Adi Shankara underscores the view that devotion Bhakti to God, Govinda, is a vastly important part of general spirituality, as emphasised by Bhakti Yoga and the Bhakti movement. The first stanza of the composition, featuring the eponymous line “Bhaja Govindam”, reads as follows: Worship Govinda, worship Govinda, Worship Govinda, oh fool! At the time of your death, Rules of grammar will not save you.

Rajagopalachari put in his commentary, “When intelligence jnana matures and lodges securely in the heart, it becomes wisdom vignyana. When that wisdom vignyana is integrated with life and issues out in action, it becomes devotion bhakti. Knowledge jnana which has become mature is spoken of as devotion bhakti. If it does not govidam transformed into devotion bhaktisuch knowledge jnana is useless tinsel.

In this prayer, Adi Shankaracharya emphasizes the importance of devotion for God as a means to spiritual development and to liberation from the cycle of birth and death. The prayer leaves one in no doubt that the renunciation of our egotistical differences and surrender to God makes for salvation.


Bhaja Govindam – Wikipedia

Many scholars hold that this composition encapsulates with both brevity and simplicity the substance of all Vedantic thought malayqlam in whatever other works that Adi Shankaracharya wrote:. The refrain “Bhaja Govindam” which defines the composition and gives it its name invokes the almighty in the aspect of Vishnu ; it is therefore very popular not only with Sri Adi Shankaracharya’s immediate followers, the Smarthasbut also with Vaishnavas and others.

There is a story attached to the composition of this Hymn. It is said that Shri Adi Shankaracharya, accompanied by his disciples, was walking along a street in Varanasi one day when he came across an aged scholar reciting the rules of Sanskrit grammar repeatedly on the street.

Taking pity on him, Adi Shankara went up to the scholar and advised him not to waste his time on grammar at his age but to turn his mind to God in worship and adoration, which would only malaaylam him from this vicious cycle of life and death.

Bhaja Govindam

The hymn “Bhaja Govindam” is said to have been composed on this occasion. The composition consists of thirty-three verses. Besides bhajs refrain of the song beginning with the words “Bhaja Govindam”, Shankaracharya is said to have sung twelve other verses.


Hence, the hymn bears the title “Dvadasamanjarika- Stotra ” A hymn which is a bunch of twelve verse-blossoms. The fourteen disciples who were with the Master on that occasion are believed to have added one verse each. These fourteen verses are together called “Chaturdasa-manjarika-Stotra” a hymn consisting of fourteen verse-blossoms. The rendition of this hymn by M. Subbulakshmi is very govinndam.

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