Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 363

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is -Shri Shrimad A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Attaining the Supreme
Chapter 8: Verse-13

om ity ekäksaram brahma vyäharan mäm anusmaran
yah prayäti tyajan deham sa yäti paramäm gatim[1]


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.


It is clearly stated here that om, Brahman and Lord krsna are not different. The impersonal sound of krsna is om, but the sound Hare krsna contains om.The chanting of the Hare krsna mantra is clearly recommended for this age. So if one quits his body at the end of life chanting Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna,krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Räma, Hare Räma, Räma Räma, Hare Hare, he certainly reaches one of the spiritual planets, according to the mode of his practice. The devotees of krsna enter the krsna planet, Goloka Vrndävana. For the personalists there are also innumerable other planets, known as Vaikuntha planets, in the spiritual sky, whereas the impersonalists remain in the brahmajyoti.



  1. om=the combination of letters om (omkära); iti=thus; eka-aksaram=the one syllable; brahma=absolute; vyäharan=vibrating; mäm=Me (Krsna); anusmaran=remembering; yah=anyone who; prayäti=leaves; tyajan=quitting; deham=this body; sah=he; yäti—achieves; paramäm=the supreme; gatim=destination.

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