Adi Shankaracharya scripted this wonderful (one would know after reading them how wonderful they are) lines in Sanskrit, some 1400 years back.
and Subhalakshmi added life to them with her divine voice, as I am listening to this song almost everyday at least once, and with me few people also listen to this divine song everyday, I am sure they do not understand what exactly these lines mean, so I thought I should post them here with meaning in English. (Please bear with my transliteration,)
(1)O deluded minded friend, chant Govinda (Govinda is none but one oand only one God), worship Govinda, love Govinda as memorizing the rules of grammar cannot save one at the time of death. ॥1॥. ( Save you from what?, death, no, something more superior then death)
2) O deluded minded ! Give up your lust to amass wealth. Give up such desires from your mind and take up the path of righteousness. Keep your mind happy with the money which comes as the result of your hard work.
(3)Do not get attracted on seeing the parts of woman's anatomy under the influence of delusion, as these are made up of skin, flesh and similar substances. Deliberate on this again and again in your mind. ॥3॥.
(4)Life is as ephemeral as water drops on a lotus leaf . Be aware that the whole world is troubled by disease, ego and grief. ॥4॥
(5)As long as a man is fit and capable to earn money, everyone in the family show affection towards him. But after wards, when the body becomes weak no one enquires about him even during the talks. ॥5॥
(6)Till one is alive, family members enquire kindly about his welfare . But when the vital air (Prana) departs from the body, even the wife fears from the corpse. ॥6॥
(7) In childhood we are attached to sports, in youth, we are attached to woman . Old age goes in worrying over every thing . But there is no one who wants to be engrossed in Govind, the parabrahman at any stage. ॥7॥
(8)Who is your wife ? Who is your son? Indeed, strange is this world. O dear, think again and again who are you and from where have you come. ॥8॥
(9) Association with saints brings non-attachment, non-attachment leads to right knowledge, right knowledge leads us to permanent awareness, to which liberation follows. ॥9॥
(10)As youth with out lust, lake with out water, the relatives with out wealth are meaningless, similarly this world ceases to exist, when the Truth is revealed? ॥10॥
(11)Do not boast of wealth, friends (power), and youth, these can be taken away in a flash by Time . Knowing this whole world to be under the illusion of Maya, you try to attain the Absolute. ॥11॥
(12)Day and night, dusk and dawn, winter and spring come and go. In this sport of Time entire life goes away, but the storm of desire never departs or diminishes. ॥12॥
(14) Matted and untidy hair, shaven heads, orange or variously colored cloths are all a way to earn livelihood . O deluded man why don't you understand it even after seeing.॥14॥
(15) Even an old man of weak limbs, hairless head, toothless mouth, who walks with a stick, cannot leave his desires. ॥15॥
(17) According to all religions, without knowledge one cannot get liberated in hundred births though he might visit Gangasagar (This place is in west bengal province of India) or observe fasts or do charity. ॥17॥.¸
(18)Reside in a temple or below a tree, sleep on mother earth as your bed, stay alone, leave all the belongings and comforts, such renunciation can give all the pleasures to anybody. ॥18॥
(19)One may like meditative practice or worldly pleasures , may be attached or detached. But only the one fixing his mind on God lovingly enjoys bliss, enjoys bliss, enjoys bliss. ॥19॥
(20)Those who studied even little of Gita (Sacred book of Hindu's), drank just a drop of water from the holy Ganga, worship Lord Krishna with love even once, Yama, the God of death will not discuss about them ॥20॥
(21)Born again, die again, lay again in the mother's womb, it is indeed difficult to cross this world. O Murari ! (Krishna) please help me to cross this illusion through your mercy. ॥21॥
(22) One who wears cloths ragged due to chariots, move on the path free from virtue and sin, keeps his mind controlled through constant practice, enjoys like a carefree exuberant child. ॥22॥
(23)Who are you ? Who am I ? From where I have come ? Who is my mother, who is my father ? Ponder over these and after understanding, this world to be meaningless like a dream,relinquish it. ॥23॥
(24)Lord Vishnu resides in me, in you and in everything else, so your anger is meaningless . If you wish to attain the eternal status of Vishnu, practice equanimity all the time, in all the things. ॥24॥
(25)Try not to win the love of your friends, brothers, relatives and son(s) or to fight with your enemies. See yourself in everyone and give up ignorance of duality everywhere.॥25॥
(26)Give up desires, anger, greed and delusion. Ponder over your real nature . Those devoid of the knowledge of self come in this world, which is a endless hidden hell. ॥26॥
(27)Sing thousand glories of Lord Vishnu (Vishnu Shasranama), constantly remembering his form in your heart. Enjoy the company of noble people and do charity for the poor and the needy. ॥27॥
(28)People use this body for pleasure which gets diseased in the end. Though in this world everything ends in death, man does not give up the sinful conduct. ॥28॥
(29)Keep on thinking that money is cause of all troubles, it cannot give even a bit of happiness. A rich man fears even his own son . This is the law of riches everywhere. ॥29॥
(30)Do pranayama, the regulation of life forces, take proper food, constantly distinguish the permanent from the fleeting, Chant the holy names of God with love and meditate,with attention, with utmost attention. ॥30॥
(31)Be dependent only on the lotus feet of your Guru (Spritual) and get salvation from this world. Through disciplined senses and mind, you can see the indwelling Lord of your heart !॥31॥
So this is no romance novel, it is just a hammer to break off all the illusions of this material world and a short cut to avoid taking rebirths in this world.
Now after reading this, women might ask, what they are supposed to do, scriptures say women should follow their one husband who is their lord, by following their one husband women get supernatural powers, even if they think about anyone else apart from their husbands they loose those supernatural powers and suffer.
Unmarried girls are very powerful if they activate their inner strength, but it is very difficult for women to do so compared to men. Nature's rule or nature has given the tools to man but not women.
Aum NamaH Shivaya!
Sianala, Montreal Oct 01 2010