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.
The twenty first shloka of the text laments the binding of the karmic cycle…
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k&paya=pare paih murare.21.
Punarapi jananam punarapi maranam
Punarapi jananiijatHare shayanam;
Iha samsaare bahudustaare
kRpayaa-paare paahi muraare. ||21||
Again birth, again death…
And again lying in the mother's womb;
This samsaara process is very hard to cross over.
Save me, Murari, through Thy Infinite Kindness!.
As long as the individualised ego (jiiva), prompted by desires and habits and an over-fertile imagination, fails to improve, it must seek ever fresh fields of experience in which to gambol. Thus we set up for ourselves the karmic cycle. In each lifetime, instead of exhausting the vaasanas, each one gathers to himself even more 'debts'. We come here for purgation, but due to our ignorance of the way and the goal, the extrovertedness in us compels us to get ourselves attached to objects and people and situations… Maayaa at work!
Our true purpose is to figure out life and to live it in such a way that we can sever for good the bondage of this world. By all means, act and achieve, but let your actions be in an attitude of dedication, with an idea to serve for the greater good. This reduces the existing vaasanas and minimises the risk of adding to the karmic burden. Once the state of 'zero balance' has been obtained, when mind has been totally tamed, the jiiva will be freed and will return to Self-Source. This state of perfection eludes the greatest majority of us though and we remain our small selves, birthing, 'living' and dying then coming back to do it all again. The momentum of it makes it almost impossible to halt it all by ourselves. To free ourselves, we now require a mighty friend, one who has already vanquished that 'foe' of the ego tyrant.
Muraari is such a one - a.k.a. Sri Krishna! Thus the writer of the verse raises a plea for aid. This is where, in our weakness, we can find succour in accepting and submitting to a Higher Power. It does not have to be a physical form, but understanding that overcoming the ego requires submission is the key to it.
Surrender to the Grace of the Higher Self; beg guidance and relief… what is more, accept that by placing your trust there, that relief will come to you. This, then, requires that you also leave doubt at the lintel of surrender.
The way a child completely and unstintingly looks to the parent for shelter and direction is how we must be if we are to grow and begin to break our bondage to the world. This is seen also in the teachings of Yeshu… Not only does he speak of placing your burden upon Him but also, specifically to the theme of this verse;
3“Truly I tell you, He said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
4Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.… (Matt; 18)