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eṣhā brāhmī sthitiḥ pārtha naināṁ prāpya vimuhyati
sthitvāsyām anta-kāle ’pi brahma-nirvāṇam ṛichchhati
eṣhā—such; brāhmī sthitiḥ—state of God-realisation; pārtha—Arjun, the son of Pritha; na—never; enām—this; prāpya—having attained; vimuhyati—is deluded; sthitvā—being established; asyām—in this; anta-kāle—at the hour of death; api—even; brahma-nirvāṇam—liberation from Maya; ṛichchhati—attains
Having obtained this Brahmi state man is not deluded. Being established in this even at the end of life man attains oneness with Brahman (Moksha).
The final goal of Vedanta is set forth here. All the practices – restraint of the senses, mind control, abandoning all ego-centric thoughts and feelings, having no consciousness of me and mine lead to the ultimate union of the individual being with the Supreme Self. The individual who thought of himself, as a separate entity now realises that he is no other than the Self, which is the Reality in himself and in all beings. This is the Brahmi-state. By constant meditation on the Self, the individual being becomes that, even as the worm becomes the bee by contemplating on it deeply and continuously. When the Brahmi-state is reached, all delusions cease, all doubts are cleared. The absolute Truth is realised.
The Lord declares that the sage who has attained this state, will not be subject to delusion at any time thereafter.
Even at the end of life: It does not mean that man attains the Brahmi-state in the last moments of his life. It means that he retains the supreme state even at the end of life. Such a man attains Moksha, the highest state of freedom and bliss. It is not possible to reach that state in the last moments of life if one had not struggled for it through a whole lifetime by performing sadhana. Even in old age, one should retain the memory of the supreme realisation. What is acquired by long practice should be kept fresh in the mind, even in the last moments of one’s life. The body and the mind are weak in old age. So the practice (sadhana) should begin when one is young and strong. The bad tendencies (samskaras) should be gradually eliminated. The mind should be purified and turned towards the Self, and constant meditation on the Self will lead to samadhi, and in samadhi, man realises his oneness with Brahman.
The Lord declares that He should be remembered at all times, not simply at the time of death. Moreover, what one thinks of and practices during a whole lifetime would be in the mind at the last moments. So continuous practice is necessary. No one can say when the end may come. So uninterrupted sadhana should go on from day to day, even from childhood. Then it does not matter when the end comes. He will be ready to face it because he knows the Truth.
So, instead of wasting time in foolish pursuits and vain endeavors, let the seeker start the sadhana at once and realise the Truth.
Question: What is the Brahmi-state?
Answer: Oneness with Brahman, acquired through the conquest of desires, self-control, meditation on Atma, is the Brahmi state.
Question: When should a man possess this state?
Answer: At all times, including the moments of death, man should retain this experience.
Question: What will it lead to?
Answer: The individual being attains Moksha, the state of supreme freedom and bliss.