Gyaneshwari 237

Gyaneshwari -Sant Gyaneshwar


The Imperishable Brahman

25. Smoke, night, the dark fortnight, the six months of the (sun’s) Southern course - (departing) then, having reached the lunar light, the yogi returns (to the mortal world.) If at the time of departure wind and phlegm become excessive, then the mind becomes enveloped in darkness. Then the senses become inert, remembrance becomes confused, the mind becomes benumbed and the prana becomes suffocated. The fire loses its blaze and remains as smoke only, by which the consciousness of the body becomes engulfed. When the moon is hidden by the cloud, there is dim light and semi-darkness. He is neither dead nor fully alive and his life, being arrested, stands on the brink of death (226-230).

Thus, when the senses, mind and intellect become engulfed by smoke, the Yoga achieved by life-long effort is destroyed. When what is in hand is lost, then what hope is there to achieve something new? This is his condition when he departs from this world. While this is his internal condition, externally there is the night, the dark fortnight and a day in the six months of the sun’s southern course. When there is a concatenation of such things at the time of death, how will he get the glimpse of self-realization? when a yogi leaves his body at this time, he goes to the region of the moon, but returns from there to this mortal world (231-235).

This, O Arjuna, is what I call the improper time. By taking the path of smoke one gets involved in the recurrence of birth. The other one is the Archira path, which is easy, naturally good and conducive to happiness and release.