अभ्यासयोगयुक्तेन चेतसा नान्यगामिना ।
परमं पुरुषं दिव्यं याति पार्थानुचिन्तयन् ॥
A person thinking of me constantly, anucintayan, reaches one who is परमं पुरुषं दिव्यं, the Resplendent Supreme Purusha. How does he reach the Lord? Or what is the process, exercise adopted by the seeker?
By अभ्यासयोगयुक्तेन चेतसा, the mind (cetas), constantly engaged in Yoga (meditation). Or by this process his mind and intellect is dedicated to Me, he has given his mind completely to the Lord.
Such a seeker gives training to his mind everyday to think of Me by abhyasa. abhyasa means repeated practice.
The mind is चेतसा , it refers to a mind that is not going anywhere or is not wavering. With such a single pointed mind he practices thinking of Me, Now he has practiced so well that his mind is not oscillating or wavering, he is endowed with abhayasa yoga ukti.
When this practiced for a sufficiently long period of time, he reaches the stage of anucintayan - the state of constant awareness of the Self.
In abhyasa there is practice involved, one again and again trains the mind to be put in God. But when this effort becomes effortless and the mind does not slip from the divine Consciousness , then it is called anucintayan.
How does a sadhaka reach this stage?
(1) One must practice meditation daily. Meditation trains the mind to become single pointed, by a subtle working.
(2) In performance of duties also one must keep God as the goal. Remembrance of God means whatever activity we do the theme of the duty must be for God.
So by these different activities of our life the mind must not be given an opportunity to slip from God. Activities may be different but they must be focused on God. This is anucintayan.
Why is such a comprehensive exercise needed? For only then can the mind be molded to God Awareness. For the Lord has said that whatever we do all day, all life, the impressions are created as such.
Such a person alone goes to that Supreme Resplendent Purusha,
Bhagavan Sankara here says that abhyasa (practice) is the state of repeatedly concentrating on the Lord, undisturbed by any other thought. The mind of such a Yogi does not fall into sense objects and rests in the Lord alone. With such a mind when one contemplates on the teaching of the scriptures (as imparted by the teacher), he then attains the Supreme Truth.
What is the nature of the resplendent Purusha to be mediated upon? That is now said in Sloka 9.