Bhaja Govindam – Lyrics and meaning

yogarato vaa bhogarato vaa
sangarato vaa sangaviheenah

Whether one is immersed in yoga or in revelling in outward enjoyment,
Whether he in enjoying himself in social company or has retired into solitude,
True happiness certainly cannot be his;

yasya bhrahmani ramate chitham
nandati nadati nandatyeva

But who alone is revelling inwardly in brahman (wherever he be),
He alone will be truly happy and will verily enjoy;

yayavatpavano nivasati dehe
taavatprichchati kulasham gehe

As long as there is life in your body,
Your people may have concern for you;

gatavati vaayo dehaapaaye
bhaarya bibhati tasminkaaye

But once the life-breath ebbs out of your body,
Even your wife will run away from you;

jatilo mundi lunchita keshah
kaashaa yaambara bahukrita veshah

The ascetic with matted looks, the man with the shaven head or one with hair pulled out, Or the man parading in the ochre robes – they all have eyes but yet do not see;

pasyannapi cha na pasyati moodho
hirudara nimitam bahukrita veshah

All these are but deceptions for cheating the world, For filling their bellies;
(Renunciation does not lie in external appearance, but inward thought, attitude and feeling)

kaa ta kaantha dhanagata chintaa
vaatula kim tava naasti niyantaa

Crazy man! why do you worry so much about your wife and property?
Why don’t you seek the truth?

trijagati sajjana sangati rekaa
bhavati bhavaarnava tarane nouka

Know that in these three worlds, it is only the association with the good and holy,
That can help you in crossing safely the ocean of life;

maa kuru dhanajana youvana garvam
harati nimishita kaala sarwam

The pleasures and riches of worldly life are deceptive appearances;

maaya mayamidha makhilam hitwa
brahma padam twam pravisha viditwa

Understanding that they are all but a passing show, be detached and dispassionate,
Cultivate renunciation and seek Brahman;

naree sthana bhara nabhee desham
dhrishtwaa maa gaa mohavesham

yetan maamsava sadi vikaaram
manasi vichinthaya vaaram vaaram

Enticed by the physical glamour of a woman, do not lose your senses; The body is nothing but a conglomeration of flesh, Do not forget this anytime;

kurute gangaa saagara gamanam
vatapari paalana mathavaa daanam

jnana viheenah sarva matena
bhajati na muktim janmasatena

One may have bathed in the holy Ganges or even in the Ganga Sagar; He may have performed many charities and observed many vows; Yet unless one has glimpsed the truth, He will not release even after a hundred lives;

praanayaamam pratyaahaaram nityaanitya vivekavichaaram
jaapyasameta samaadhividhaanam kurvavadhaanam mahadavadhaanam

Regulated breathing and sense control, discrimination between the enduring and the fleeting; the eternal and the transient, Japa and meditation, And submerging of the bodily and mental consciousness in the consciousness of the spirit, merging oneself into the total inner silence – One must practice these with unrelenting fervour;

satsangatwe nissangatwam nissangatwe nirmohatwam
nirmohatwe nischalatatwam nichalatatwe jeevan mukhtih

The company of the good weans, one away from false attachments; When attachment is lost, delusion ends; When delusion ends, the mind becomes unwavering and steady.
An unwavering and steady mind is merited for jeevan mukti – liberation even in this life;

baala staavat kreedaa sakthah
Tharuna staavat tharunee sakthah

vriddha staavat chinthaa sakthah
parame bhrahmani kopi na saktha

Childhood skips off on sport and play, youth flies off in pusuits of love making, As one grows older, he is drowned in worry about the security and future of his wife and children; One’s whole life gets spent in some kind of worry or other, And at no stage does man find time to lift his thoughts to God.

punarapi jananam punarapi maranam
punarapi jananee jatare sayanam

ita samsaare bahudustaare
kripayaa paare paahi muraare

Undergoing the pangs of birth again and again, passing through the throes of death again and again, Lying in the mother’s womb over and over again, this process of samsaara is hard to cross over. Save me from this, Oh merciful Lord!

bhaja govindam bhaja govindam
govindam bhaja mudhamate

Seek Govinda! Seek Govinda! Seek Govinda! Oh ignoramus! At the time of death the rules of grammar which you’re trying to cram and master, will not be able to rescue at all!

Cardiologist Home

A month ago, I had to visit my cardiologist. It had been a long time almost a year since I visited him. Thanks to Fuhrman like diet style, I could drop off all of the prescriptions. But recent upheavals at the office and the construction related mental state got my hypertension pumped up. So, quickly I realized that he’s shifted his home and the new home was right behind our office. My wife accompanied me and while we were waiting – amidst socks stink – we admired the brick clad which she wanted for our facade. She decided she’ll ask him about it when we meet him.

There we went, he examined and said that I have to get back on my medicines, I agreed half-heartedly. My wife and I did not forget to congratulate him for the very beautiful new home which made him happy. And when we promptedly asked him about the brick cladding, he said ‘Well, I got this constructed home. Do you think I’ll have time to do all this?’. Ha, I realized one point. Even if you do have time, get a constructed home. Or else, you could be frequenting a cardiologist home. 🙂

Everything is back to normal state now. Very soon, in a couple of months, we would be done this all the construction hassles and the near and dear ones would come and ask – ‘Where did you get this done from?’ – let’s see how it goes!

The EyeTee Heart

A chat with Dr.Devi Shetty , Narayana Hrudayalaya (Heart Specialist) Bangalore was arranged by WIPRO for its employees. The transcript of the chat is given below. Useful for everyone.

Qn: What are the thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart ?

1. Diet – Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil
2. Exercise – Half an hour’s walk, at least five days a week; avoid
lifts and avoid sitting for a longtime
3. Quit smoking
4. Control weight
5. Control blood pressure and sugar

Qn: Is eating non-veg food (fish) good for the heart?

Ans: No

Qn: It’s still a grave shock to hear that some apparently healthy person gets a cardiac arrest. How do we understand it in perspective?

Ans: This is called silent attack; that is why we recommend everyone past the age of 30 to undergo routine health checkups.

Qn: Are heart diseases hereditary?

Ans: Yes

Qn: What are the ways in which the heart is stressed? What practices do you suggest to de-stress?
Ans: Change your attitude towards life. Do not look for perfection in everything in life.

Qn: Is walking better than jogging or is more intensive exercise required to keep a healthy heart?

Ans: Walking is better than jogging since jogging leads to early fatigue and injury to joints .

Qn: You have done so much for the poor and needy. What has inspired you to do so?

Ans: Mother Theresa , who was my patient.

Qn: Can people with low blood pressure suffer heart diseases?

Ans: Extremely rare

Qn: Does cholesterol accumulates right from an early age (I’m currently only 22) or do you have to worry about it only after you are above 30 years of age?

Ans: Cholesterol accumulates from childhood.

Qn: How do irregular eating habits affect the heart ?

Ans: You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular and your body’s enzyme release for digestion gets confused.

Qn: How can I control cholesterol content without using medicines?

Ans: Control diet, walk and eat walnut.

Qn: Can yoga prevent heart ailments?

Ans: Yoga helps.

Qn: Which is the best and worst food for the heart?

Ans: Fruits and vegetables are the best and the worst is oil.

Qn: Which oil is better – groundnut, sunflower, olive?

Ans: All oils are bad .

Qn: What is the routine checkup one should go through? Is there any specific test?

Ans: Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok. Check BP, Treadmill test after an echo.

Qn: What are the first aid steps to be taken on a heart attack?

Ans: Help the person into a sleeping position , place an aspirin tablet under the tongue with a sorbitrate tablet if available, and rush him to a coronary care unit since the maximum casualty takes place within the first hour.

Qn: How do you differentiate between pain caused by a heart attack and that caused due to gastric trouble?

Ans: Extremely difficult without ECG.

Qn: What is the main cause of a steep increase in heart problems amongst youngsters? I see people of about 30-40 yrs of age having heart attacks and serious heart problems.

Ans: Increased awareness has increased incidents. Also, edentary lifestyles, smoking, junk food, lack of exercise in a country where people are genetically three times more vulnerable for heart attacks than Europeans and Americans.

Qn: Is it possible for a person to have BP outside the normal range of 120/80 and yet be perfectly healthy?

Ans: Yes.

Qn: Marriages within close relatives can lead to heart problems for the child. Is it true?

Ans : Yes, co-sanguinity leads to congenital abnormalities and you may not have a software engineer as a child

Qn: Many of us have an irregular daily routine and many a times we have to stay late nights in office. Does this affect our heart ? What precautions would you recommend?

Ans : When you are young, nature protects you against all these irregularities. However, as you grow older, respect the biological clock.

Qn: Will taking anti-hypertensive drugs cause some other complications (short / long term)?

Ans : Yes, most drugs have some side effects. However, modern anti-hypertensive drugs are extremely safe.

Qn: Will consuming more coffee/tea lead to heart attacks?

Ans : No.

Qn: Are asthma patients more prone to heart disease?

Ans : No.

Qn: How would you define junk food?

Ans : Fried food like Kentucky , McDonalds , samosas, and even masala dosas.

Qn: You mentioned that Indians are three times more vulnerable. What is the reason for this, as Europeans and Americans also eat a lot of junk food?

Ans: Every race is vulnerable to some disease and unfortunately, Indians are vulnerable for the most expensive disease.

Qn: Does consuming bananas help reduce hypertension?

Ans : No.

Qn: Can a person help himself during a heart attack (Because we see a lot of forwarded emails on this)?

Ans : Yes. Lie down comfortably and put an aspirin tablet of any description under the tongue and ask someone to take you to the nearest coronary care unit without any delay and do not wait for the ambulance since most of the time, the ambulance does not turn up.

Qn: Do, in any way, low white blood cells and low hemoglobin count lead to heart problems?

Ans : No. But it is ideal to have normal hemoglobin level to increase your exercise capacity.

Qn: Sometimes, due to the hectic schedule we are not able to exercise. So, does walking while doing daily chores at home or climbing the stairs in the house, work as a substitute for exercise?

Ans : Certainly. Avoid sitting continuously for more than half an hour and even the act of getting out of the chair and going to another chair and sitting helps a lot.

Qn: Is there a relation between heart problems and blood sugar?

Ans: Yes. A strong relationship since diabetics are more vulnerable to heart attacks than non-diabetics.

Qn: What are the things one needs to take care of after a heart operation?

Ans : Diet, exercise, drugs on time , Control cholesterol, BP, weight.

Qn: Are people working on night shifts more vulnerable to heart disease when compared to day shift workers?

Ans : No.

Qn: What are the modern anti-hypertensive drugs?

Ans : There are hundreds of drugs and your doctor will chose the right combination for your problem, but my suggestion is to avoid the drugs and go for natural ways of controlling blood pressure by walk, diet to reduce weight and changing attitudes towards lifestyles.

Qn: Does dispirin or similar headache pills increase the risk of heart attacks?

Ans : No.

Qn: Why is the rate of heart attacks more in men than in women?

Ans : Nature protects women till the age of 45.

Qn: How can one keep the heart in a good condition?

Ans : Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk food, exercise everyday, do not smoke and, go for health checkup s if you are past the age of 30 (once in six months recommended) …