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Bhaja Govindam
July 9th, 2010 by Ram

Adi Sankaracharya wrote a number of Vedaantic works to make people understand the knowledge of the Self. One such work which stands out is the famous “Bhaja Govindam”.

Pre-eminent Hindu scholar, C. Raja Gopalachari has written a commentary on Bhaja Govindam. The following is an excerpt from his introduction to Bhaja Govindam.

“Sri Sankara has packed into the “Bhaja Govindam” song the substance of all the Vedantic works that he wrote and he has set the truth of the union of devotion and knowledge to melodious music which delights the ear.

Some critics of Indian philosophy believe and say that the way of devotion is different from the way of knowledge. When intelligence matures and lodges securely in the heart, it becomes wisdom.

When that wisdom is integrated with life and issues out in action, it becomes devotion. Knowledge which has become mature is spoken of as devotion. If it does not get transformed into devotion, such knowledge is useless tinsel. To hold and to say that jnaana and bhakti, knowledge and devotion, are as different from each other as gold is from baser metal is to expose one’s ignorance.

Sri Sankara has packed into the “Bhaja Govindam” song the substance of all the Vedantic works that he wrote and he has set the truth of the union of devotion and knowledge to melodious music which delights the ear.”

Listen to this excellent rendition by Late Smt. M.S.Subbulakshmi and enjoy..

Artist: Subbulakshmi M S
Ragam: Raagamaalika
Composer: Adi Shankaracharya

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7 Responses  
  • S.R.Ayyangar writes:
    July 10th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Even if we do not under stand the meanings, it is just enough to drown in to the melodious voice of evergreen MS! You feel like listening to it again and again.

  • grants for women writes:
    July 10th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Keep up the good work, I like your writing.

  • Dumane writes:
    July 11th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Nice to hear “Bhajgovindam” in MS’s voice. Daily chanting brings one closer to the reality of what is the whole life process about and how one should live to reach the goal of human life. Intersted devotees can also read other verses which do not form part of above famous recitation.

  • Vish Warrier writes:
    August 14th, 2010 at 6:06 am

    It is very nice to hear the beautiful voice of MS and the brilliant composing of Aadi Shankaracharya…the english commentary is also very nice..

    thanks

  • jayesh writes:
    September 17th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    nothing to express in word

    Excellent

  • Dr. Milton Spyrou writes:
    September 29th, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    It brings wonderful memories, years back,when we were chanting it as a bajan with the deciples and devotees of Guru Chinmayanandaji Maharaj in our Ashram in Poway,Bombay.
    Supreme infallible truth receiving its existential confirmation from mortal lips, and declared the guiding princi-ple out or our samsaric existance.
    Om Santih.

  • hameed writes:
    February 16th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I am a big fan of MS in any problem/sorrow listen to this (believe me) you will be relieved of everything its magical (dont know..because of MS voice or the song itself has got the power) truely magical….


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