Link:—Remembrance (thinking), born of practice, mentioned in the previous verse, is described, in the next verse.
abhyasayogayuktena cetasa nanyagamina
paramam purusam divyam yati parthanucintayan
O Partha (Arjuna) he, who with his mind fixed in Yoga through meditation, and without wavering thinking of nothing else, and is at the time of death constantly engaged in contemplation of the Supreme Parma (God), attains Him. 8
[In the twenty-eighth verse of the seventh chapter, the Lord endowed with attributes and formless, Who was described briefly has been detailed in the eighth, ninth and tenth verses, here.]
Abhyasayogayuktena:—In this expression, there are two words 'Abhyasa', (practice) and yoga (equanimity). Practice, means, repeated concentration of mind on God, by diverting it from the world, while Yoga means equanimity—"Equanimity is called Yoga" (Gita 2/48). Concentration of mind, results in joy, while its diversion leads to sadness. This is called practice, rather than, the Yoga of practice. It is called Yoga of practice, only when there is equanimity, in joy and sorrow. A striver, instead of attaching importance, to joy and sadness, should attach importance to his goal. That is establishment of mind, in Yoga.
Cetasa nanyagamina:—He should think of nothing else, viz., he should have no aim other than, God-realization.
Paramam purusam divyam yati parthanucintayan:—At the time of death with such a mind, constantly engaged in contemplation, of the Supreme Purusa viz., God endowed with attributes and formless, a striver attains Him.
Appendix:—Arjuna put the question—'prayanakale ca katham jneyo'si niyatatmabhih' (8/2) (How can You be realized, at the time of death, by persons of steadfast mind?) Having answered that question, the Lord now in the eighth, ninth and tenth verses describes the type of those who think of God at the time of death.