Srimad Bhagavadgita Sadhaka Sanjivani -Swami Ramsukhdas
Appendix:—The Lord in the thirtieth verse of the seventh chapter said, 'prayanakale'pi co mam to vidur'yuktacetasah' (they having a steadfast mind realize Me, even at the hour of death). Arjuna in the second verse of the eighth chapter put the question, "How can you be realised, at the hour of death, by persons of steadfast mind?" In response to this question the Lord said, "He who departing from the body thinks of Me alone, at the time of death, attains Me." He further said, "This rule is not applicable only to those who want to attain Me. But this is a common rule that whatever object or being a man thinks of at the time of death, that alone does he attain." (8/5-6). Death may visit at any time. There is no year, no month, no day, no hour, no minute, no moment, in which a being is free from the clutches of death. Therefore Lord Krsna exhorts Arjuna to think of Him, at all times—'tasmatsarvesu kalesu mamanusmara."°Those who perpetually think of Me, I am easily attainable to them (8/14); because he may depart from the body any time, he will depart thinking of Me only, and thus will attain Me only." 'mayyarpitamanobuddhih'—By thinking of God all the time, a striver's mind and intellect are dedicated to God. When a striver holds that the mind and intellect are not his and he has no connection with them—thus by renouncing the sense of mine in mind and intellect, they are naturally dedicated to God because they are the Lord's 'apara prakrti'. Though `para' and 'apara'—both prakrtis are of the Lord, yet para prakrti has no relation with apara but it has its relation only with God because it is a fragment of God—'mamaivamso jivaloke' (15/7). Therefore a striver can be 'mayyarpitamanobuddhi' only when he does not accept his affinity with apara but dedicates it (apara) to God Who is its master viz., never assumes apara as his and for him.
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