Once there was an engineer from Agra who did a lot of sadhana in Mangarh. One night he went to sleep in his home in Agra and never woke up. His own family had no idea what happened. He had a heart attack while he was sleeping. This is death. When your time comes, death is not going to give you even one extra second. No matter who it is, everyone must go. When even God-realised Saints must leave this world, what could be said about the souls bound by maya? Some go laughing; some go crying. Even God Himself comes and goes. When Lord Rama had reached 11,000 years of age, Yamaraja, the god of death, appeared before Him and said, “My Lord, I have come only to remind You that Your time is up. It is possible that due to the love of Your devotees You may have forgotten. If You wish to stay longer, that’s fine.”
So tomorrow is the start of the New Year. Celebrate happily when you have accomplished detaching your mind from the world and attaching it to God. It won’t become attached to God on its own. You must practice attaching it to God. You have practiced attaching your mind to the world in uncountable previous births. The one who practices attaching his mind to God feels attached to God.
Veda Vyasa has said very beautifully in the Bhagavatam (10.14.27) that if you keep on thinking there is happiness in worldly objects, you will become attached to them. If you repeatedly think there is happiness in God, you will become attached to God. It’s just a question of thinking. The more thinking you do, the more attached you will feel. We have to increase this kind of positive devotional thinking.
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
31 December 2006
© Radha Govind Samiti
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