8.16 ā-brahma-bhuvanāl lokāḥ (Original)

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Chapter 8

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ā-brahma-bhuvanāl lokāḥ
punar āvartino ’rjuna
mām upetya tu kaunteya
punar janma na vidyate

‘All regions, Arjuna! from Brahmā’s home downward, are of the nature, from which there is return. Whereas attaining Me, Kaunteya! precludes re-birth evermore.’

All worlds poised in the bosom of the Brahmāṇda, (or the Great Sphere under Brahma’s control, —the Mundane Egg— up to the world of Brahmā (Demiurge) himself, are appointed mansions for the tasting of material happiness, wealth, power etc. But these material regions are perishable and impermanent.

Inasmuch therefore as the very seats of enjoyment are unstable, subject to decay, the joys themselves that are experienced there must terminate. This is inevitable.

On the other hand, in the case of those that attain to Me, —Me, the Omniscient, —Me, the True-resolved, or True-willed, —Me, to Whom, Kosmic manifestations, progressions and dissolutions are mere sport,1 —Me, the Most Merciful, —Me, the Enduring (or Unchanging),— there can be no talk of destruction; and hence they have no re-incarnation.

A dissertation is now entered into as regards the time-periods, appointed by Will of Paramapurusha, regulating the appearances and disappearances of all regions, beginning from the sphere of Brahmā and all things embosomed therein.

>> Chapter 8 verse 17

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  1. Read Bra: Sri: II-1-33: ‘Loka-vat tu lilā-kaivalyam.’ Also read, Vish Pur: I-2-20.

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