Chapter 8: Attaining the Supreme
om ity ekaksaram brahma
vyaharan mam anusmaran
yah prayati tyajan deham
sa yati paramam gatim
om—the combination of letters, omkara; iti—thus; eka-aksaram—supreme, indestructible; brahma—absolute; vyaharan—vibrating; mam—Me (Krsna); anusmaran—remembering; yah—anyone; prayati—leaves; tyajan—quitting; deham—this body; sah—he; yati—achieves; paramam—supreme; gatim—destination.
After being situated in this yoga practice and vibrating the sacred syllable om, the supreme combination of letters, if one thinks of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and quits his body, he will certainly reach the spiritual planets.
It is clearly stated here that om, Brahman, and Lord Krsna are not different. The impersonal sound of Krsna is om, but the sound Hare Krsna contains om. It is clearly recommended in this age that if one quits his body at the end of this life chanting the mahamantra, Hare Krsna, he will reach the spiritual planets. Similarly, those who are devotees of Krsna enter the Krsna planet or Goloka Vrndavana, whereas the impersonalists remain in the brahmajyoti. The personalists also enter many innumerable planets in the spiritual sky known as Vaikunthas.