Hare Krishna Yogi
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Still you identify more with Arjuna, although you have drawn closer to Krishna when you say 'he must "enter the zone" and then, live or die'. Let me ask, what is the nature or essence of a man? Is that affected one way or another when the body dies?
Krishna gave a “Crash-Course” on the goal and appilication of Yoga self-realisation in the midst of work and activities. Since the maxim is known, ‘there is danger at every step within the material world’ ---the alternative for a sober gentleman, is to enter ashram life immediately ---all others will be involved indefinitely in material pursuits, thus ensnaring themselves in network maya and samsara ---until the Absolute Godhead reveals Himself as-He-is. Krishna did just that for His friend the prince Arjuna.
Those who know Me as the Supreme Lord, as the governing principle of the material manifestation, who know Me as the one underlying all the demigods and as the one sustaining all sacrifices, can, with steadfast mind, understand and know Me even at the time of death.
"O my Lord, O Supreme Person, what is Brahman? What is the self? What are fruitive activities? What is this material manifestation? And what are the demigods? Please explain this to me."
"How does this Lord of sacrifice live in the body, and in which part does He live, O Madhusudana? And how can those engaged in devotional service know You at the time of death?"
The Supreme Lord said:
"The indestructible, transcendental living entity is called Brahman, and his eternal nature is called the self. Action pertaining to the development of these material bodies is called karma, or fruitive activities."
"Physical nature is known to be endlessly mutable. The universe is the cosmic form of the Supreme Lord, and I am that Lord represented as the Supersoul, dwelling in the heart of every embodied being."
"And whoever, at the time of death, quits his body, remembering Me alone, at once attains My nature. Of this there is no doubt."
"Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his body, that state he will attain without fail."
“One who, at the time of death, fixes his life air between the eyebrows and, by the strength of yoga, with an undeviating mind, engages himself in remembering the Supreme Lord in full devotion, will certainly attain to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.”