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Song Name: Kim Tad Brahma Kim Adhyatmam
Official Name: Book 6 Bhagavad-Gita Parva Section 32 (Chapter 8)
kiḿ tad brahma kim adhyātmaḿ kiḿ karma puruṣottama
adhibhūtaḿ ca kiḿ proktam adhidaivaḿ kim ucyate
adhiyajñaḥ kathaḿ ko’tra dehe’smin madhusūdana
prayāṇa-kāle ca kathaḿ jñeyo’si niyatātmabhiḥ
akṣaraḿ brahma paramaḿ svabhāvo’dhyātmam ucyate
bhūtabhāvodbhava-karo visargaḥ karma-saḿjñitaḥ
adhibhūtaḿ kṣaro bhāvaḥ puruṣaś cādhidaivatam
adhiyajño’ham evātra dehe deha-bhṛtāḿ vara
anta-kāle ca mām eva smaran muktvā kalevaram
yaḥ prayāti sa mad-bhāvaḿ yāti nāsty atra saḿśayaḥ
yaḿ yaḿ vāpi smaran bhāvaḿ tyajaty ante kalevaram
taḿ tam evaiti kaunteya sadā tad-bhāva-bhāvitaḥ
tasmāt sarveṣu kāleṣu mām anusmara yudhya ca
mayy arpita-mano-buddhir mām evaiṣyasy asaḿśayaḥ
abhyāsa-yoga-yuktena cetasā nānya-gāminā
paramaḿ puruṣaḿ divyaḿ yāti pārthānucintayan
kaviḿ purāṇam anuśāsitāram aṇor aṇīyāḿsam anusmared yaḥ
sarvasya dhātāram acintya-rūpam āditya-varṇaḿ tamasaḥ parastāt
prayāṇa-kāle manasācalena bhaktyā yukto yoga-balena caiva
bhruvor madhye prāṇam āveśya samyak sa taḿ paraḿ puruṣam upaiti divyam
yad akṣaraḿ veda-vido vadanti viśanti yad yatayo vīta-rāgāḥ
yad icchanto brahmacaryaḿ caranti tat te padaḿ saḿgraheṇa pravakṣye
sarva-dvārāṇi saḿyamya mano hṛdi nirudhya ca
mūrdhny ādhāyātmanaḥ prāṇam āsthito yoga-dhāraṇām
om ity ekākṣaraḿ brahma vyāharan mām anusmaran
yaḥ prayāti tyajan dehaḿ sa yāti paramāḿ gatim
ananya-cetāḥ satataḿ yo māḿ smarati nityaśaḥ
tasyāhaḿ sulabhaḥ pārtha nitya-yuktasya yoginaḥ
mām upetya punar-janma duḥkhālayam aśāśvatam
nāpnuvanti mahātmānaḥ saḿsiddhiḿ paramāḿ gatāḥ
ā brahma-bhuvanāl lokāḥ punar-āvartino’rjuna
mām upetya tu kaunteya punar-janma na vidyate
sahasra-yuga-paryantam ahar yad brahmaṇo viduḥ
rātriḿ yuga-sahasrāntāḿ te’ho-rātra-vido janāḥ
avyaktād vyaktayaḥ sarvāḥ prabhavanty ahar-āgame
rātry-āgame pralīyante tatraivāvyakta-saḿjñake
bhūta-grāmaḥ sa evāyaḿ bhūtvā bhūtvā pralīyate
rātry-āgame’vaśaḥ pārtha prabhavaty ahar-āgame
paras tasmāt tu bhāvo’nyo’vyakto’vyaktāt sanātanaḥ
yaḥ sa sarveṣu bhūteṣu naśyatsu na vinaśyati
avyakto’kṣara ity uktas tam āhuḥ paramāḿ gatim
yaḿ prāpya na nivartante tad dhāma paramaḿ mama
puruṣaḥ sa paraḥ pārtha bhaktyā labhyas tv ananyayā
yasyāntaḥ-sthāni bhūtāni yena sarvam idaḿ tatam
yatra kāle tv anāvṛttim āvṛttiḿ caiva yoginaḥ
prayātā yānti taḿ kālaḿ vakṣyāmi bharatarṣabha
agnir jyotir ahaḥ śuklaḥ ṣaṇ-māsā uttarāyaṇam
tatra prayātā gacchanti brahma brahma-vido janāḥ
dhūmo rātris tathā kṛṣṇaḥ ṣaṇmāsā dakṣiṇāyanam
tatra cāndramasaḿ jyotir yogī prāpya nivartate
śukla-kṛṣṇe gatī hy ete jagataḥ śāśvate mate
ekayā yāty anāvṛttim anyayāvartate punaḥ
naite sṛtī pārtha jānan yogī muhyati kaścana
tasmāt sarveṣu kāleṣu yoga-yukto bhavārjuna
vedeṣu yajñeṣu tapaḥsu caiva dāneṣu yat puṇya-phalaḿ pradiṣṭam
atyeti tat sarvam idaḿ viditvā yogī paraḿ sthānam upaiti cādyam
1) Arjuna inquired: O my Lord, O Supreme Person, what is Brahman? What is the self? What are fruitive activities? What is this material manifestation? And what are the demigods? Please explain this to me.
2) How does this Lord of sacrifice live in the body, and in which part does He live, O Madhusudana? And how can those engaged in devotional service know You at the time of death?
3) The Supreme Lord said, The indestructible, transcendental living entity is called Brahman, and his eternal nature is called the self. Action pertaining to the development of these material bodies is called karma, or fruitive activities.
4) Physical nature is known to be endlessly mutable. The universe is the cosmic form of the Supreme Lord, and I am that Lord represented as the Supersoul, dwelling in the heart of every embodied being.
5) And whoever, at the time of death, quits his body, remembering Me alone, at once attains My nature. Of this there is no doubt.
6) Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his body, that state he will attain without fail.
7) Therefore, Arjuna, you should always think of Me in the form of Krsna and at the same time carry out your prescribed duty of fighting. With your activities dedicated to Me and your mind and intelligence fixed on Me, you will attain Me without doubt.
8) He who meditates on the Supreme Personality of Godhead, his mind constantly engaged in remembering Me, undeviated from the path, he, O Partha [Arjuna], is sure to reach Me.
9) One should meditate upon the Supreme Person as the one who knows everything, as He who is the oldest, who is the controller, who is smaller than the smallest, who is the maintainer of everything, who is beyond all material conception, who is inconceivable, and who is always a person. He is luminous like the sun and, being transcendental, is beyond this material nature.
10) One who, at the time of death, fixes his life air between the eyebrows and in full devotion engages himself in remembering the Supreme Lord, will certainly attain to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
11) Persons learned in the Vedas, who utter omkara and who are great sages in the renounced order, enter into Brahman. Desiring such perfection, one practices celibacy. I shall now explain to you this process by which one may attain salvation.
12) The yogic situation is that of detachment from all sensual engagements. Closing all the doors of the senses and fixing the mind on the heart and the life air at the top of the head, one establishes himself in yoga.
13) After being situated in this yoga practice and vibrating the sacred syllable om, the supreme combination of letters, if one thinks of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and quits his body, he will certainly reach the spiritual planets.
14) For one who remembers Me without deviation, I am easy to obtain, O son of Prtha, because of his constant engagement in devotional service.
15) After attaining Me, the great souls, who are yogis in devotion, never return to this temporary world, which is full of miseries, because they have attained the highest perfection.
16) From the highest planet in the material world down to the lowest, all are places of misery wherein repeated birth and death take place. But one who attains to My abode, O son of Kunti, never takes birth again.
17) By human calculation, a thousand ages taken together is the duration of Brahma's one day. And such also is the duration of his night.
18) When Brahma's day is manifest, this multitude of living entities comes into being, and at the arrival of Brahma's night they are all annihilated.
19) Again and again the day comes, and this host of beings is active; and again the night falls, O Partha, and they are helplessly dissolved.
20) Yet there is another nature, which is eternal and is transcendental to this manifested and unmanifested matter. It is supreme and is never annihilated. When all in this world is annihilated, that part remains as it is.
21) That supreme abode is called unmanifested and infallible, and it is the supreme destination. When one goes there, he never comes back. That is My supreme abode.
22) The Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is greater than all, is attainable by unalloyed devotion. Although He is present in His abode, He is all-pervading, and everything is situated within Him.
23) O best of the Bharatas, I shall now explain to you the different times at which, passing away from this world, one does or does not come back.
24) Those who know the Supreme Brahman pass away from the world during the influence of the fiery god, in the light, at an auspicious moment, during the fortnight of the moon and the six months when the sun travels in the north.
25) The mystic who passes away from this world during the smoke, the night, the moonless fortnight, or in the six months when the sun passes to the south, or who reaches the moon planet, again comes back.
26) According to the Vedas, there are two ways of passing from this world--one in the light and one in darkness. When one passes in light, he does not come back; but when one passes in darkness, he returns.
27) The devotees who know these two paths, O Arjuna, are never bewildered. Therefore be always fixed in devotion.
28) A person who accepts the path of devotional service is not bereft of the results derived from studying the Vedas, performing austere sacrifices, giving charity or pursuing philosophical and fruitive activities. At the end he reaches the supreme abode.
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UPDATED: December 22, 2015