[For the Disciple—A Guide]
"Devotion to the Omnipresent Spirit named as OM."
Arjuna asks Krishna to further explain the terms and names that he just used. How can these ultimates be in a human body? How do those who meditate fixedly on them, when they die, learn their meaning? (Gita, p. 58)
Krishna states that Brahman, the Supreme, is the ABSOLUTE, the Exhaustless, indescribable back-ground. Adhyatma is Krishna manifesting as the Individual, Higher Self in all creatures. Karma is an emanative force created by the motives of beings that regulates their death and rebirth. Adhibhuta is the Supreme Spirit, dwelling diffused in elemental nature through the power of universal illusion (Maya). Adhidaivata is Purusha, the Spiritual Ego in each man, and Adhiyajna is the embodied self, a reflection of the "Higher Self;" it is the sacrificing, active and intelligent agent in the body. (Gita, pp. 58-9)
Meditation by the spiritual Ego and Buddhi (discriminative mind) on Krishna (the Higher Self) is to be continued throughout life, not merely at death. The power of such meditation enables the Spiritual Ego to rise to the plane of the Supreme Divine Spirit, Krishna, when the body dies.
There is a "path" called "indestructible," which describes the consistent spiritual meditation carried forward from life to life by some devotees. It is chosen by those who, free from earthly attachment, aim to be Brahmacharyas (ascetics devoted to studying the Universe and doing good to all creatures). Krishna describes this special practice as: Closing the "gateways" to sense-perceptions, imprisoning the mind in the heart, and focusing the vital powers in the head. At the time of death, such as one whose soul-Ego is in his firm control, using the word "OM," merging it into his individuality, passes into the state and presence of the Supreme Spirit. Great-souled ones who have attained supreme perfection are no longer bound by the troubles of rebirth and change.
When yogis, die, Krishna states there are favorable times such as: