SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
anta-kāle ca mām eva
smaran muktvā kalevaram
yaḥ prayāti sa mad-bhāvaṁ
yāti nāsty atra saṁśayaḥ
‘Whoso, at the hour of death, meditating on Me alone, casts off his mortal coil, attains unto My state. No doubt is there about this.’
This meditation (at time of death) is also common to all the three classes of votaries (or aspirants).
He who, when his end approaches, has Me alone in his remembrance, and thus departs from the body, becomes like unto Me.
Like unto Me (madbhāva)=like unto. My nature. Whatsoever image of Me is vividly present in his imagination at time of death, that he becomes, as in the case of Ādi-bharata1 and others, who incarnated in the forms of animals etc., by reason of such images having prominently been present in their thoughts at their last moments.
That whatsoever be the image present in the last thought of the meditator, that he becomes, is further elucidated;—
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- See Vish: pur: ii-13-32, 33. Another name of this king-saint is Jada-bharata. He died, watched by the deer, ‘with tears in its eyes, like a son mourning for his father; and he himself, as he expired, cast his eyes upon the animal, and thought of nothing else, being wholly occupied with one idea. In consequence of this predominant feeling at such a season, he was born again in the Jambumarga forest, as a deer, with the faculty of recollecting his former a life’. H.H. Wilson. Also Bhāgavata ‘mṛiyaśarīram avāpa’ V-8-24. ↩