jo bhi aye jaye vah govinda radhe,
mayadheen mayateet sab hi bata de
There are two kinds of people in the world – those souls under the bondage of maya, mayadheen and Saints who are beyond maya, mayateet. Saints are very few and mayic souls are more than 99.9% of the total. Whether Saint or soul, whoever comes into this world, one day must go. A Saint leaves according to his own will. A maya-bound soul is a prisoner and is taken away. You don’t remember from your previous birth how much pain you experienced when you left your body at the time of death. A person thinks, “Oh! My father! My son! My daughter! My house! I have to leave all this? And I’m going alone? What is happening to me?” This pain cannot be explained. One must leave this world and this applies to everyone.
Even the time when the Supreme Lord leaves this Earth is fixed. When that time arrives, Yamaraja, the god of death, respectfully approaches the Lord and says, “My Lord, Your time has come. I am only reminding You. If You wish to remain longer, please do so. I am only doing my duty.” In the same way, Yamaraja also appears before a Saint at this time and says, “If it is your wish, please stay longer. I am just reminding you that the time fixed for your leaving has come.”
Saints do not violate God’s laws. We see that Jagadguru Shankaracharya left this world at the age of thirty-two. Shri Gauranga Mahaprabhu left at the age of forty-eight. Some leave at the age of fifty; some at the age of eighty. There is no fixed age for a Saint to leave, rather a Saint’s prarabdha or destiny due to his past actions also determines the time of his leaving.
Thus, just as souls are bound to undergo their destiny, Saints also undergo their destiny. The difference is that if the Saint’s son dies or all his wealth or property is stolen, he remains ever blissful, “My Lord! This is only your desire. Please do as you wish!” We on the other hand, mourn these losses with great pain, “Oh! My son left this world!” Yes, but everyone knows that whoever comes into this world must leave this world. Don’t you also know this?
To be continued . . .
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
31 December 2010
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
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