Bhaj Govindam ~ 05

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भजगोविन्दम् मूढ़मते ~ 05

event type discourse
date & time 15 Nov 1975 am
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Poona
language Hindi
audio Available, duration 1h 9min. Quality: good.
Sanskrit chant before the discourse.
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shorttitle GREATT05
(Translated as in The Great Transcendence on CD-ROM)
The sutra
One who has long hair on his head, one who has shaved his head, one who has pulled his hair from the roots, one who is wearing ochre robes, or is dressed up in a variety of ways, that idiot, in spite of having eyes, is blind. Just for the sake of his stomach he dresses up in different ways.
All limbs have become infirm, all hair has turned white, there is not a single tooth in the mouth anymore -- such an old man walks with the help of a stick; even then he is bound down with the mass of hope.
Struck by the cold, in the morning he warms himself by keeping the fire in front of him or by keeping his back towards the sun. At night, he sleeps with his chin between his knees, he takes alms on his hands and lives under a tree; even then he does not drop the bondage of hope.
He may undertake the journey to the Ganges or to the ocean, he may undertake many austerities and fasts, he may give away in charity, but if he does not have self-knowledge he will not be liberated even in hundreds of life times.
One may be residing in the temple of God or under a tree, the earth may be his only bed, deerskin may be his only robe, he may have dropped all kinds of possessions and indulgences -- who does such a renunciation not make blissful?
He may be absorbed in enjoyment of the senses or in yoga, he may be engrossed in somebody's company or he may be alone, but if his heart dwells in the divine, then it is he who is blissful, it is he who is blissful, it is he alone who is blissful.

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