Bhagavad Gita Teachings – Chapter 8: What you Ponder Is What you Get

Bhagavad Gita Teachings – Chapter 8: What you Ponder Is What you Get

Whatever You Think of at Time of Your Death Thats What You Get

Those who at time of their death remember me, they come to me (Verse 5)

Whatever one remembers at the time of their death, that is the state they obtain (Verse 6)

Therefore at all times remember me and do your duty. Contemplate on me with your mind and your intellect, and you shall attain me (Verse 7)

Practice remembering me constantly with a steady mind, and you shall attain me (Verse 8)

Those who at the time of their death, steadily and with great devotion remember God by focussing their energy between their eyebrows, they attain the divine (VERSE 10)

Those who chant the sacred syllable OM when they are leaving their body, they attain me (Verse 13)

OM is the Hindu symbol of God, the Supreme Being, the Absolute Truth

 Those who constantly remember me with single-minded focus, they attain me (Verse 14)

Having attained me, they are never born in this world which is temporary and full of suffering; for these souls have reached the supreme destination (Verse 15)

The supreme destination which is unmanifest and imperishable is my supreme abode. Once having reached it, there is no return to this world (Verse 21)

The supreme divine personality is the greatest, and is attainable through devotion. It exists everywhere, and all beings live within it (Verse 22)

Total Verses in this Chapter: 28

Words of Import:

I, me, Absolute Truth, Supreme Being, God, Universal ConsciousnessDivine, Brahman, Shri Krishna – are all used interchangeably.


has a symbolic as well as a literal meaning. Literally it means a ritual where offerings are made to fire, hymns are chanted and deities are invoked for fulfillment of personal or community desires; or to thank God or to seek God’s blessings. Symbolically, Yagna signifies that we have to do our part (offering/action) in other to obtain something (blessing or fulfillment), with the latter not being guaranteed.


The word “Yog” is derived from a Sanskrit word “Yuj” which means to join. In Hindu scriptures, yoga means joining or uniting the soul within the individual with that of the universal soul (God). The common usage of yoga as physical exercise is just a subset of the practice of Yoga, which includes disciplines of meditation and mode of conduct among others. It is believed that practice of all these disciplines make a person ready for unification with the Supreme Being.


refers to our duty as it does to the intent behind our actions. According to Hinduism, every living being has their own personal dharma which may or may not be the same as of others. This dharma is based on one’s situation or circumstance in life. 


is action as well as the result of the action. Its meaning depends on its context.


is liberation from the cycle of birth and death.


“Bhagavad Gita As It Is” by Swami Prabhupada

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