Bhaja Govindam Verse 15 with essence
अङ्गं गलितं पलितं मुण्डं दशनविहीनं जातं तुण्डम् |
वृद्धो याति गृहीत्वा दण्डं तदपि न मुञ्चत्याशापिण्डम् ||१५||
angaṁ galitaṁ palitaṁ muṇḍaṁ daśanavihīnaṁ jātaṁ tuṇḍam,
vrddho yāti gṛhītvā daṇḍaṁ tadapi na muñcatyāśāpiṇḍam. – 15
The body has become worn out. The head has turned grey. The mouth has become toothless. The old man moves about leaning on his staff. Even then he leaves not the bundle of his desires.
O foolish mind! seek Govinda!
Desires never leave us. There is no limit to desires. If one is fulfilled the other keeps rising. This continues with us till our last breath unless we understand the truth. Life is like a circle which has a centre and a periphery. Most of our lives are spent in the periphery; seeking the external material objects and people, we forget to look within i.e. the centre.
Body changes every day; greying hair, losing teeth, creaking bones, using a walking stick all these are an inevitable part of aging ; it is also the indication for one to realize that slowly one should start giving up attachments; understand the reality so that one can be in peace. One lives in despair, unhappiness because one lives in desires; in darkness. When with knowledge and understanding we drop our desires, we become more receptive to Lords ever flowing grace.
Man gets attached to wealth, family etc. which he has to leave one day. Despite knowing this fact, then why do we not let go of our desires and hand over our worries to Him; who is our caretaker. When we develop the habit of taking out some time during our younger days to contemplate and work on understanding the reality; we would be much happier in our old age. It doesn’t mean to say that, we don’t live a comfortable, happy life; just that enjoy it but don’t hold on it. Be dispassionate; always remembering within; that one day we have to leave it. One should remember each one of us is guest here on Earth. So the Master exhorts; take out time for that contemplation; seek Govinda.