Bhaja Govindam – Ragamalika

Adi Shankaracharya (788-820?) advises us to worship Govinda, pointing out to us fools ‘मूढमते’, the illusory nature of life on earth.
पुनरपि जननं पुनरपि मरणं पुनरपि जननी जठरे शयनम् – Once again birth, once again death, once again lying down in the womb of a mother.

The Below is a selection of the 31 original verses sung by MS Subbulakshmi as a Ragamalika

Raga : Yamuna Kalyani

bhaja gOvindam, bhaja gOvindam, gOvindam bhaja mUDHamatE
samprAptE sannihitE kAlE, nahi nahi rakshati DukRanKaraNE ॥ 1 ॥

Raga : Brindavana Saranga

mUDHa jahIhi dhanAgamatRshNAm, kuru sadbuddhim manasi vitRshNAm
yallabhasE nija karmOpAttam, vittam tEna vinOdaya chittam ॥ 2॥

Raga: Pantuvarali

yAvadvittO paarjana saktah, taavannija parivaarO raktah
paschAj jeevati jarjara dEhE, vArtAm kOpi na pRchCHati gEhE ॥ 4॥

Raga : Bageshri

mA kutu dhana jana yauvana garvam, harati nimEshAt kaalah sarvam
mAyA maymidam akhilam hitvA, brahmapadam tvam pravisha viditvA ॥ ११ ॥

Raga : Behag

sura mandira taru moola nivAsah, shayyA bhootala majinam vAsah
sarva parigraha bhOga tyAgah, kasya sukham na karOti virAgah ॥ 18॥

Raga : Nadanamakriya

bhagavad gItA kinchidaDHItA, gangA jala lava kaNikA pItA
sakRdapi yEna murAri samarchA, kriyatE tasya yamEna na charchA ॥ 20 ॥

Raga : Kapi

punarapi jananam punarapi maraNam, punarapi jananI jaTHarE shayanam
iha samsaarE bahudustArE, kRpayA paarE pAhi murArE ॥ 21 ॥

Raga : Mohanam

gEyam gItA naama sahasram, dhyEyam shrIpati rUpamajasram
nEyam sajjan sangE chittam, dEyam dheena janaaya cha vittam ॥27॥

Raga : Senjurutti

arTHamanarTHam bhaavaya nityam, nAsti tatah sukhalEshah satyam
putraadapi dhana bhaajAm bhItihi, sarva traishA vihitA rItih ॥ 29॥

Raga : Sindhu Bhairavi

gurucharaNambuja nirbhara bhaktah, samsArA dachiraadbhava muktah
sEndriyamAnasa niyamAdEvam, drashyasi nija hRdayastham dEvam ॥ 31 ॥

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