Namaskaar. Continuing with the Kathopanishat commentary.
In the earlier mantra (1.3.8) the upaniShad had said that the aspirant-jIva who is endowed with an informed intellect will certainly attain the goal of liberation. This goal was stated to be the Supreme abode/state. In the sequel this state, the goal of all sAdhana, is specified:
विज्ञानसारथिर्यस्तु मनःप्रग्रहवान् नरः ।
सोऽध्वनः पारमाप्नोति तद्विष्णोः परमं पदम् ॥ ९ ॥
विज्ञानसारथिः यः तु he who has the intellect as his charioteer मनःप्रग्रहवान् नरः holding the reins of the mind firmly स he अध्वनः पारम् end of the road आप्नोति reaches तत् that is विष्णोः Vishnu’s परमं Supreme पदम् abode
A man who has discrimination for his charioteer and holds the reins of the mind firmly, reaches the end of the road; and that is the supreme state of Vishnu.
The kind of aspirant that is ideal for this spiritual journey has been pointed out in the earlier mantras. Here that is summarized:
-The aspirant endowed with an informed intellect that is capable of determining that which is to be sought after and that which is to be given up
-He who has control over his mind
-Quietened the mind
-And therefore pure
Such a one is sure to attain the Supreme Goal of liberation. This goal is characterized by the cessation of saMsAra, transmigratory existence. All bonds that hold one fast to the earthly life, clinging, etc. is ended once and for all. What then is this state, in positive terms? The mantra replies: this is the exalted state of Vishnu, the all-pervading Consciousness. This is known by the technical term ‘vAsudevaH’. Continue reading