punar avartino ’rjuna
mam upetya tu kaunteya
punar janma na vidyate
"From the highest planet in the material world down to the lowest, all are places of misery wherein repeated birth and death take place. But one who attains to My abode, O son of Kunti, never takes birth again."
Sri Krishna tells why the person who attains Him does not return back to this Universe. As a simple answer we should realize that once we have attained Him, neither we will have a desire to leave that, nor will He wish to leave us. Even if a person gets the Indra position, which tenure extends for many thousands of years, at the end one will feel disgusted or stale and would like to return. This we realize in real life also. All new ventures become stale one day and we feel bored with those sooner or later. It is not so with experience with God. We listen to Srimad Ramayana umpteen times, still every time it appears fresh and new and never we get bored with that. All other things appear stale very early. So getting stale or bored in Vaikuntam can never arise. Therefore return never happens. But the experience in other worlds, will make us bored one day. This sloka does not tell this reason. Sri Krishna tells, a person reaching the world of Brahma or Indra or Pithru, one day will have to return to this Universe. But a person reaching Vaikuntam will never return. Lokah = worlds of, a brahma = starting from Brahma's [satya loka] , bhuvana = all the worlds. The so called 14 worlds [upper seven and lower seven] are all created for the play of the Lord. Punar avartina= one day are bound to be destroyed. Where as the World of the Lord, Sri Vaikuntam, never gets destroyed. This is a reason. If one reaches Satya loka, how long he could remain there? Perhaps till that world lasts. In this world, we are here. Our life time is much shorter than the life of this earth or Universe. Of course we should bear in mind that the atman never gets destroyed and only the body is destroyed. So even after the separation from the current body, one may get newer bodies in future and continue. Even after the pralayam, when all the Universe are destroyed, this atman will continue and be born again when creation takes place. All the worlds are to be destroyed one day. Vaikuntam remains for ever and so it is called Nitya mandalam or Nitya vibhooti. It has other names like Sri Vaikuntam, Aparajita , Ayodhya, etc. It has no end nor depreciation. 'Tad vishno paramam padam sada pasyanti sooraya:', etc., Veda pronouncements speak of the ever lasting nature of Vaikuntam. The Lord's abode Sri Vaikuntam is reached by these devotees and so there is no return for them. Tu =but if, upetya = [this devotee] attains, mam = Me [Sri Krishna], punar janma = re birth, na vidyate = never gets. All the other worlds of Brahma and others are all to end one day as also the Chiefs of those positions. Thondaradipodi Alwar exhibits the same theme in his Thirumalai pasuram, 'membadu..'. Without ego and with humility, we should discard the material and worldly pleasures and seek the Lord's grace by controlling our senses and with uninterrupted devotion. We should learn from this Alwar the greatness of Total Surrender [Saranagathi] and the bestowing power of nama sankeertanam. We should also realize that the dust [podi] of the feet [ adi] of His devotees [thondar] can absolve us from all our sins. Let us so, make a trip to this Kshetram and recieve the blessings of the Alwar. We now move on to thye next Kshetram.