The paths to celestial planets

I'm very intrigued by the following verse that points to a path to celestial planets or brahman. Very mystical and thought provoking. Any insights on these verses would be very much appreciated. Thanks

"Those who know Brahman pass from this world on the path of fire and light, during the time of the waxing moon or during the six months when the sun traverses the northern hemisphere." (BG 8.24)
"Departing on the path of darkness, during the night, during the waning moon or during the six months when the sun makes its course across the southern hemisphere – that yogî attains the celestial lunar planet, but then returns." (BG 8.25)

bg 8.27

Please go through the below verse and purport.

naite sṛtī pārtha jānan

yogī muhyati kaścana

tasmāt sarveṣu kāleṣu

yoga-yukto bhavārjuna


na — never; ete — these two; sṛtī — different paths; pārtha — O son of Pṛthā; jānan — even if he knows; yogī — the devotee of the Lord; muhyati — is bewildered; kaścana — any; tasmāt — therefore; sarveṣu kāleṣu — always; yoga-yuktaḥ — engaged in Kṛṣṇa consciousness; bhava — just become; arjuna — O Arjuna.


Although the devotees know these two paths, O Arjuna, they are never bewildered. Therefore be always fixed in devotion.


Kṛṣṇa is here advising Arjuna that he should not be disturbed by the different paths the soul can take when leaving the material world. A devotee of the Supreme Lord should not worry whether he will depart by arrangement or by accident. The devotee should be firmly established in Kṛṣṇa consciousness and chant Hare Kṛṣṇa. He should know that concern over either of these two paths is troublesome. The best way to be absorbed in Kṛṣṇa consciousness is to be always dovetailed in His service, and this will make one's path to the spiritual kingdom safe, certain and direct. The word yoga-yukta is especially significant in this verse. One who is firm in yoga is constantly engaged in Kṛṣṇa consciousness in all his activities. Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī advises, anāsaktasya viṣayān yathārham upayuñjataḥ: one should be unattached in material affairs and do everything in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. By this system, which is called yukta-vairāgya, one attains perfection. Therefore the devotee is not disturbed by these descriptions, because he knows that his passage to the supreme abode is guaranteed by devotional service.

this is not possible in kali

this is not possible in kali yuga. it was possible in satya yuga when all the conditions were very comfortable and nice. In this worst age, the only ways to achieve Supreme Bramhan (or) Supreme personality of Godhead (or) Krishna is constant chanting of his holy name Hare krishna mahamantra. Dont waste time in speculating this verse. its not possible in this worst age. Instead spend time in chanting holy name. It took 60000 years for Valmiki to attain Bramhan in Satya yuga by this sort of meditation in this verse. Its mentioned in Bhagavatam that even demigods and People of Satya yuga want to live in this age as Lord can be easily attained by chanting his holy name.

Do you mean we shouldn't try

Do you mean we shouldn't try to understand the Bhagavad Gita and just chant the holy name instead? If this was only possible in the Satya Yuga, why did Krishna speak about it in the Dwapara Yuga? I don't wish to know if reaching Brahman is possible or not. The question is if you understand this verse or not. If you do please enlighten me. Thanks.