sukla-krsne gati hy ete
jagatah sasvate mate
ekaya yaty anavrttim
yatra kale tv anavrttim
avrttim caiva yoginah
prayata yanti tam kalam
agnir jyotir ahah suklah
tatra prayata gacchanti
brahma brahma-vido janah
dhumo ratris tatha krishnah
tatra candramasam jyotir
yogi prapya nivartate
naite srti partha janan
yogi muhyati kascana
tasmat sarveshu kaleshu
The paths of light and darkness are as
beginningless and endless as the
material universe – by one is liberation
attained, and by the other, rebirth.
The times during which, after passing
from this world, the Yogi are either
liberated or reborn, I shall now describe
to you, greatest of the Bharata.
By Fire, Light, and Day, during the
fortnight of the waxing moon and the
summer solstice – those who pass then
from this world and know the Supreme
shall attain the Supreme.
By Smoke and Night, during the fortnight
of the waning moon and the winter
solstice – those yogi who pass then
from this world will, upon reaching the
illuminated moon, be reborn.
Knowing of these different paths, the
devotee is never deluded. Therefore, be
always engaged in devotion.