His teachings have had tremendous impact on Hinduism and on religious thought of over a billion Hindus. He lived during a time when Hinduism was in decline with a rise of Buddhism and the first contacts of Islam in the Indian sub continent. This is generally attributed as the reason for the decline of Buddhism and the rise in what in modern times is called Hinduism. Several writers have written paens on Shankara, but to me Will Durant in his wonderful essay on Shankara encapsulates the essence of this titan of Vedantic thought. A small excerpt is provided herein as well as a link to the complete article.
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His teachings have had tremendous impact on Hinduism and on religious thought of over a billion Hindus. He lived during a time when Hinduism was in decline with a rise of Buddhism and the first contacts of Islam in the Indian sub continent. This is generally attributed as the reason for the decline of Buddhism and the rise in what in modern times is called Hinduism. Several writers have written paens on Shankara, but to me Will Durant in his wonderful essay on Shankara encapsulates the essence of this titan of Vedantic thought.
A small excerpt is provided herein as well as a link to the complete article. Born among the studious Nambudiri Brahmans of Malabar, he rejected the luxuries of the world, and while still a youth became a Sanyasi, worshipping unpretentiously the gods of the Hindu pantheon, and yet mystically absorbed in the vision of all-embracing Brahman. It seemed to him that the profoundest religion and the profoundest philosophy were those of the Upanishads.
He could pardon the polytheism of the people, but not the atheism of Sankhya, or the agnosticism of Buddha. Arriving in the north as a delegate of the south, he won such popularity at the assemblies of Benaras that it crowned him with its highest honour, and sent him forth, with a retinue of disciples, to champion Brahmanism in all the debating halls of India. At Banaras, probably, he wrote his famous commentaries on the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita, and Brahma Sutras in which he attacked with theological ardour and scholastic subtlety all the heretics of India, and restored Brahmanism to the position of intellectual leadership from which Buddha and Kapila had deposed it.
Praise Govinda! Govinda be Praised, O You mindless fool! What good is the lake, when water denudes? Where are kin, when wealth disappears? Where are Samsara's coils when the Truth appears? O ,Foolish one,why this constant grasping for wealth? Is there none to guide thee and show the way? Who art thou, where do I come from? Who is my mother and my father? XXXII bhajagovindam bhajagovindam govindam bhajamuudhamate naamasmaranaadanyamupaayam nahi pashyaamo bhavatarane. Govinda be Praised O You mindless fool!
Without exception, chanting the Lords name, is the only path That will help you cross the limitless ocean of life's Samsara. I pray to Adi Shakaracharya that by his blessings I may be blessed with darshan of Murari. First time I went through the the 32 couplets , its meaning is immense.
Guide to control your senses and seek Govinda , emancipator of Lust , greed and anger. Fantastic, for those of us who have no command of Sanskrit and don't understand any other language except English. Alas we humans are condemned by our lust, passion, anger, fears whose bondage is so strong even tough we know it WRONG! Can I get detailed elaboration of Bhaj Govindam in Hindi or English presented by any great scholar or saint?
View More. Home Talk Property Beat. My Dashboard. Search Member Search Keyword. All Comments Thanks for the suchaa wonderful song sriguru.
XXIV needs more explanation,if can be. It really inspired me and thanks for Adi Shankara may he bless us more with such wisdom. Shakti brajbanchary aol. Topic Related Articles. More Articles.
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 deluded mind! At the time of your death, Rules of grammar will not save you. There is a story related 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 old aged scholar reciting the rules of Sanskrit grammar of Panini repeatedly on the street.