8.10 prayāṇa-kāle manasācalena (Original)

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Chapter 8

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prayāṇa-kāle manasācalena
bhaktyā yukto yoga-balena caiva
bhruvor madhye prāṇam āveśya samyak
sa taṁ paraṁ puruṣam upaiti divyam

‘With, at time of departure, unwavering mind united to Bhakti, (God-love) and fortified by Yoga (meditation); and with Prāṇa well drawn in betwixt the brows; (he) reaches that Purusha, Divine.’

Kavim=Sage=Sarvajñam=Him, who is Omniscient.

Purāṇam=The Ancient or Primeval.

Anusāsitāram=The Ruler or Law-Giver of the Universe.

Aṇor-aṇīyāmsam=The Minutose of the minute, or the Subtler than the subtile ātma (jīv-ātma).

Sarvasya-dhātāram=The Creator of all.

Achintya-rūpam=Possessing a Form inconceivable, i.e., not conceivable by comparison with other things conceivable, or Form transcendental; and Sun-Colored, or resplendently glorious as (for example) the Sun is; and beyond tamas (tamas=darkness=matter) meaning : possessing a metaphysical transcendant luminous divine Form, beyond our limited conception.

Whoso, with mind made steady and strengthened by the daily practice of meditative devotion (Bhakti-yukta-yoga-balena) gathers up, at the time of death, the prāṇa or life-breath at the point between the brows; and intently thinks at that place, of the Purusha Divine (or Spirit of God in the way described), goes to Himself, or achieves a state equal to Divinity; i.e., will become possessed of a power and glory such as those pertaining to Divinity Itself.

Next is described the mode of meditation, to be adopted by the ātma-seeker (Kaivaly-ārthi or jijñāsu).

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