eka to na bhoolo hari govinda radhe
dujo tanu kshana bhangura na bhula de
You must be careful in keeping two points in mind at all times. One of these you already know. You hear about it, you read about it and you are aware of its importance. It is the remembrance of God. Constant remembrance of God! It is said in Bhagavatam: sa vai punsam paro dharmo yato bhaktir adhokṣaje . . . There is only one thing for a human to know; there is only one duty for a human to fulfil; one decision to take and one action to perform. What is that? Practicing devotion to God; remembering God. To practice devotion means to remember God. Let us discuss something more important than this. What is that?
The human body, which is the means of practicing devotion, is temporary. In other words, it may be snatched away at any time. A baby is born. It is a healthy baby. It cries and then becomes quiet. What happened to that child? He died. Another one survives one day and then dies. A young man writes his IAS exams. He meets with an accident on the way home and dies. A couple is getting married. The young man and woman are circling around the fire for the seventh and the last time. The bridegroom feels faint, he falls down. He dies. How strange this is! Death does not look at what is going on in life; it comes at whatever time. It does not care whether one is a king or a beggar; it does not discriminate between a scholar and an illiterate man. It visits both the beautiful and the ugly. There is no concession for anyone. Everyone's time is fixed. The exact amount of seconds you have been granted in the human body are already fixed and death is certain.
To be continued . . .
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
16 June 2007
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