deva-yānam idaṁ prāhur
hy ātma-stho na nivartate
deva-yānam—the process of elevation known as deva-yāna; idam—on this (path); prāhuḥ—it is said; bhūtvā bhūtvā—having repeated birth; anupūrvaśaḥ—consecutively; ātma-yājī—one who is eager for self-realization; upaśānta-ātmā—completely free from all material desires; hi—indeed; ātma-sthaḥ—situated in his own self; na—not; nivartate—does return.
This gradual process of elevation for self-realization is meant for those who are truly aware of the Absolute Truth. After repeated birth on this path, which is known as deva-yāna, one attains these consecutive stages. One who is completely free from all material desires, being situated in the self, need not traverse the path of repeated birth and death.
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