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Guru Dev - Shankaracharya Swami Brahmananda Saraswati

Damage caused in the beginning [of one's life] can be rectified,
but damage caused at the end [of one's life] cannot be corrected

Who gets to attain "paramgati", the 'Supreme goal'?

Explaining this, Bhagwan says:-

अन्तकाले च मामेव स्मरन्मुक्त्वा कलेवरम्  ८ - ५
यः प्रयाति त्यजन्देहम य याति 
परमां गतिम्   ८ -१३

antakäle ca mämeva smaranmuktvä kalevaram   8: 5

yaù prayäti tyajandehama ya yäti paramäà gatim   8:13
[Bhagavad Gita ch8:v5/v13]

That is to say: 'The one who in the end (at the hour of death), departs from the body remembering me, attains "paramgati"; 'the Supreme goal.'

Make effort from now onwards such that your Final Time does not get spoiled. From now onwards practice the worship of Bhagwan, so that you will be able to contemplate thereof in your final moments. At this time, if your mind will be predominantly occupied by "samsari" actions, then even in your Final Time you will contemplate the same. Therefore, from right now, be cautious, that you remember Bhagwan observing "swadharma"; performing personal duties in a righteous and proper manner.

Whatever happened in the beginning has already happened; but now strive to set your Final Time right because if a mistake occurs in the Final Time, it will result in a loss for up to many lifetimes. Damage caused in the beginning can be rectified, but damage caused in the end cannot be corrected. For this very reason remain alert from now onwards.

Study Notes

The 'Supreme Goal' refers to the highest condition which is the merging of the soul with the Ultimate.
"samsari" means 'immersed in the worldly existence'.
'swadharma' is that action which is in accordance with one's nature and duties.

आदि की बिगड़ी बन जाती है  पर अन्त की बिगड़ी नहीं बनती

परमगति को कौन प्राप्त होता है  यह बतलाते हु‍ए भगवान कहते हैं -

अन्तकाले च मामेव स्मरन्मुक्त्वा कलेवरम् ॥ ८ । ५॥
यः प्रयाति त्यजन्देहम य याति परमां गतिम् ॥ ८ । १३॥

अर्थत् अन्त में जो मेरा स्मरण करता हु‍आ शरीर छोड़ता है वह परमगति को प्राप्त होता है।

अन्त न बिगड़ने पाये  ऐसा प्रत्न अभी से करो। अभी से भगवान के भजन का अभ्यास रहेगा तभी अन्त समय में उसका धान रह सकता है। इस समय यदि आपकी बुद्धि में संसारी व्यवहार प्रधान् रहेगा तो अन्त समय में भी उसी का धान रहेगा। इसलिये अभी से सर्तक होकर स्वशर्मानुष्ठान पूर्वक भगवान का स्मरण करते चलो।

आदि में जो हु‍आ  सो हु‍आ पर अब अन्त को सुधारने के लिये प्रयत्न करो। क्योंकि अन्त में यदि धोखा हु‍आ तो फिर जन्म - जन्मान्तरों तक के लिये घाटा हो जायगा। आदि की बिगड़ी तो बन जाती है  पर अन्त की बिगड़ी नहीं बनती इसलिये अभी से सतर्क रहो।


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