Adi Shankaracharya’s Bhaja Govindam – Seeking and Finding Answers Within ((Text, Transliteration, Word-to-Word Meaning, Translation and Detailed Commentary))

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Item Code: NAC690
Author: Swami Sukhabodhananda
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
Language: (Text, Transliteration, Word-to-Word Meaning, Translation and Detailed Commentary)
Edition: 2011
ISBN: 9788184952063
Pages: 275
Cover: Paperback
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Adi Shankaracharya composed a number of Vedantic works for imparting the knowledge of the Self. One of these hymns is the famous “Bhaja Govindam.”

‘Bhaja’ literally means ‘seek’ ‘Govindam’ means ‘the Lord’ – ‘the Truth.’ The learned masters, out of deep compassion try to wake up humanity. They invite us to open our eyes to a higher dimension of living. The whole text of Bhaja Govindam in essence means ‘Wake up, seek the lord, and stop seeking the primitive and superficial things in life.’

The compilation of thoughts presented in this book is applicable to one and all. Swami Sukhabodhananda in his unique style explains the verses with deep clarity and understanding.

About the Author

Swami Sukhabodhananda blends spiritual management techniques to help you achieve success. He is the founder chairman of Prasanna Trust and has written over 80 bestselling titles in different languages.

Swami Sukhabodhananda is the founder Chairman of Prasanna Trust. Swamiji is not only one of the most respected spiritual leaders of the country, but is also nicknamed as ‘Corporate Guru’. His expertise lies in synthesizing ancient wisdom of east and modern vision of west appealing to both the young and old from a wide spectrum of society.

Swamiji is the author of many best sellers whose books have sold over a million in more than 79 titles in different languages. His books have made many discover a new way of living life. He makes you realise that if one door closes another door opens. Life is an opening His self-development programs have benefited many in the corporate sectors of reputed institutions like banking, finance, industry, education, armed forces and police. Leading industrial houses invite him to conduct ‘In-house workshops’ for their executives.

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Swamiji was awarded ‘Karnataka’s Best Social service award’ by Essel group & Zee network.


To be sensitive to follow the footsteps of the wise and to seek what they have sought and not be caught in their footsteps is the contradiction of the spiritual path. The great revolutionary saint through these simple poetic verses unfolds the secrets of wise living.

The sensitive search has to be found in everyday life but alas, one gets stuck to mundane everydayness of life and thus misses the magic of living life wisely. To be aware of the possibility of the search is a gift we owe ourselves. To miss this is to be in despair in a spiritual sense.

It is one thing to be clear of the end of the journey but it is the wise journey which truly matters in the end. I have put in my love and experience in commenting on these famed, most revered verses. The commentaries of these verses are not meant to be taught but it is more of expressing my journey which is unfolding to the music of the spiritual path.

The purpose of the ‘fish net’ is to catch fishes; once it is caught the net is not important. The purpose of these words is to convey the mystery of the spiritual path and its goal; once this is grasped the words become redundant.

The world is ever charged with divinity. But when one is filled with mundane activities, one misses the divine flavor. Never make this mistake. Flow with life, grow with life, and renounce the unessential. Let the unessential remind you of the essential and thus be alive with the essential.

If one has eyes to see, one will see that this very world is soaked in heaven. Even a blade of grass is a flame or an expression of godliness. Seeing this, one will take off one’s psychological shoes of vanity and touch the world with wordless reverence.

The poetic words of the master are revolutionary and it is relevant even in today’s world that is divided, in conflict, repressed and unbalanced. The unhappiness is spread all around in spite of material abundance. The real answers to the core weakness of humanity are hidden in these verses.

I pray and hope you benefit from these verses and my commentaries on them. I thank P.R. Madhav for lovingly editing this book. I deeply thank Mrs Deviki jaipuria and my loving mother as a source of inspiration and support for all my endeavours. I thank all my students who have helped me to make a difference to the world. Let us join the company of the wise and know the delight of the soul. Let us transform one’s burning heart into a healing heart and live the language of the wise.


About the Author v
Preface ix
Bhaja Govindam – Seeking and Finding Answers Within 1
Verse 1 Does knowledge of grammar protect when death arrives? 15
Verse 2Discover the joy of detachment devoid of passion 27
Verse 3Addiction to maddening delusion and it pitfalls. Unfoldment of four disciplines of life 41
Verse 4What is the key to inner freedom? 57
Verse 5Difference between attachment and caring for kith and kin 69
Verse 6The essence behind the wonderful instrument called the body 83
Verse 7Four pillars for wise living to reach the ultimate 99
Verse 8Who is your wife? Who is your son? Who are you? When does grace dawn? 127
Verse 9 This is the way. This is the path. This is the direction. This is the destination135
Verse 10Ways to conquer inner deficiency 141
Verse 11Pride and illusions chains that bind 147
Verse 12Interplay of seasons, time and desires 151
Verse 13Distinction of the path of worldly pursuits and goodness 155
Verse 14Ways people undertake for survival needs161
Verse 15Desire – the ultimate hook of the unwise 165
Verse 16You are a nation within but who leads? 169
Verse 17How does knowledge of the world differ from knowledge of the self? 173
Verse 18Renunciation – Is it a play of words or a possibility to liver? 179
Verse 19 The art of being in solitude and yet enjoying worldly pursuits 183
Verse 20Ways to face and encounter death 187
Verse 21What is law of grace and how does one experience its? 193
Verse 22Preparation for wise living to realise the ultimate truth 197
Verse 23Experiencing inwardly is liberating 203
Verse 24Equal minded in all circumstances. Is it a myth or a reality? 207
Verse 25Self remembering and purification of love 213
Verse 26Knowledge of self is indeed knowledge of joy 217
Verse 27Is society’s collective context and environment impact affecting you? 221
Verse 28Why does on indulge in sinful behaviour? 227
Verse 29Wealth and its mysterious ways of manifestation 233
Verse 30Practices for being centered and rooted 239
Verse 31Master or a Teacher – who will lead you to love for the truth…a Divine state 245
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