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शुचीनां श्रीमतां गेहे योगभ्रष्टोऽभिजायते || 41||
prāpya puṇya-kṛitāṁ lokān uṣhitvā śhāśhvatīḥ samāḥ
śhuchīnāṁ śhrīmatāṁ gehe yoga-bhraṣhṭo ’bhijāyate
prāpya—attain; puṇya-kṛitām—of the virtuous; lokān—abodes; uṣhitvā—after dwelling; śhāśhvatīḥ—many; samāḥ—ages; śhuchīnām—of the pious; śhrī-matām—of the prosperous; gehe—in the house; yoga-bhraṣhṭaḥ—the unsuccessful yogis; abhijāyate—take birth;
The man who has fallen away from yoga goes to the worlds of the righteous. Having lived there for unnumbered years, he is reborn in the home of the pure and the prosperous.
The Lord traces the life-course of sadhakas who die without attaining perfection in yoga. They go to the worlds of the good, live there for many years, and then take birth in a pure and prosperous home. They take up the thread of sadhana that was snapped by death in the middle. They enjoy life in the highest worlds, and when they come to the earth again, they are prosperous. Let it not be misunderstood that they revel in gold and destroy themselves by abusing their wealth. The Lord states ‘Suchinam‘ (of the pure) first, and next ‘Srimatam‘ (of the wealthy). Purity first and prosperity next. They do not suffer the pains of poverty and at the same time, their home is full of sanctity and purity. Such a spiritual home, free from the torments of poverty, is most congenial for sadhana. If he is poor he has to fritter away part of his life and energy for seeking out his livelihood. If he is wealthy, he may lose himself in material pleasures. Pure and prosperous homes provide the best training ground for spiritual practice. If however, one is asked to choose between the two, he has to choose the pure in preference to the wealthy.
The theory of re-incarnation (Punarjanma) has already been stated in the Second Discourse. Verses like ‘Dehino smin yathadehe‘ etc., and here ‘Prapya punyakritam lokan‘ etc. prove that there is a continuity in the life of man from birth to birth.
Question: What is the state of the Yogabrashta after death?
Answer: He goes to the higher worlds, and after enjoying there for many years, is reborn in a pure and prosperous home. He continues the sadhana from the point where he left in his previous life.