Chapter 14, Verse 14



यदा सत्त्वे प्रवृद्धे तु प्रलयं याति देहभृत् । तदोत्तमविदां लोकानमलान्प्रतिपद्यते ॥१४॥

Transliteration

yadā sattve pravṛddhe tu pralayaḿ yāti deha-bhṛt tadottama-vidāḿ lokān amalān pratipadyate

Word Meanings

yadā — when; sattve — the mode of goodness; pravṛddhe — developed; tu — but; pralayam — dissolution; yāti — goes; deha-bhṛt — the embodied; tadā — at that time; uttama-vidām — of the great sages; lokān — the planets; amalān — pure; pratipadyate — attains.

Translation

Those who die with predominance of sattva reach the pure abodes (which are free from rajas and tamas) of the learned.

Purport

One in goodness attains higher planetary systems, like Brahmaloka or Janaloka, and there enjoys godly happiness. The word amalān is significant; it means “free from the modes of passion and ignorance.” There are impurities in the material world, but the mode of goodness is the purest form of existence in the material world. There are different kinds of planets for different kinds of living entities. Those who die in the mode of goodness are elevated to the planets where great sages and great devotees live.