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Hari OM
Application - that is what 'Workings-days' are about!

The text under study is BHAJA GOVINDAM, song of despair of time-wasting, by Sri Adi Shankaraachaarya.

We saw the 'thumbnail' version of the spiritual path, then the urging of the Guru look to that ultimate goal; now he points out the risk of distraction.

Maa kué xnjnyaEvngvR<
hrit inme;aTkal> svRm!,
Maayamyimdmiol< bud!Xva
äüpd< Tv< àivz ividTva.11.
Maa kuru dhanajanayauvanagarvam
Harati nimeshaatkaalaH sarvam,
Maayaamayamidamakhilam buddhvaa
Brahmapadam tvam pravisha viditvaa ||11||
Take no pride in your possession or people
In the youthfulness (that you have); time loots them away.
Leaving aside all these, knowing their illusory nature,
Realise the state of Brahman and enter into it.

The egocentric nature of Mankind is his spiritual downfall. As we read in yesterday's post, we tend to a false relationship with inert things and become attached to them. We say all the time, "my" and "mine", do we not. Due to this, we suffer much for the gaining of things and also at the loss of them. Wealth, social connections and family status, youth and vigour - these are tottering pillars upon which we build our sense of esteem, enjoyment and importance.

Wealth is never constant. It is intended for distribution - willingly or not! Relationships in this world, social status, popularity and power - all are entirely dependant upon the fancy of the moment, the mood of the hour. This world if illusory appearances is a field of preoccupation only to the delusory ego, which springs from one's own identification with the Perceiver-Feeler-Thinker in oneself.

Seek the Knower of it All! That which illuminates all experiences - the saakshi chaitanya - in the very core of your bosom. Realise that Consciousness presiding over all the inner experiences as the Consciousness Infinite Everywhere… Brahman.

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