SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
agnir jyotir ahaḥ śuklaḥ
tatra prayātā gacchanti
brahma brahma-vido janāḥ
‘Fire, light, day-time, the bright fortnight, the six months of the north (solstitial) declination, then, going forth, the Brahma-knowing men go to Brahm.1‘
Time in this verse implies the Path where the Presiding Intelligences or deities who preside over time-divisions, from the day up to the year, dwell in great numbers. The Path or the Road is either that, going by which, yogis do not return, or that, going by which, men of good deeds return. That road, I shall describe. The mention of fire, light, day, bright fortnight, and the six months constituting the Northern journey (of the sun), implies the year also.
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- This is called the Archir-ādi Mārga or Deva-yāna. ↩