eka to na bhoolo hari govinda radhe
dujo tanu kshana bhangura na bhula de
But we tend to forget this. We say, "Oh, I am only ten years old; I am only twenty-five years old; I am only fifty." This is how we think. We never think that we may or may not live to see the next moment. What if this body is snatched away from us? After death you will attain the result according to the thoughts in your mind in the final moments of your life. This is why both points must be kept in your mind simultaneously and very carefully.
God must be remembered at all times, and you must not procrastinate. You must not wait for even the next moment to remember God. If we constantly reflect upon the transitory nature of human life, we will cease to be careless. We will always be careful. After all, you are always careful to keep your clothes on; you do not take them off and throw them away. You are careful at all times. You are driving on the road. While driving you are always mindful of the traffic in front of you, behind you and on your side. You are careful all the time, otherwise you will meet with an accident and die. Similarly, we must be very careful in life at all times.
In other words, we must keep death in mind at all times. Who knows when death may come! Everyone is powerless before death. No yogi, no ascetic, no meditator and no God-realised Saint can avoid it. Everyone has to leave at the right time. Jagadguru Shankaracharya left his body at the age of thirty-two. He passed away at such a young age. Though a great Saint, yet he could not conquer death. Saints do not interfere with God's rules. They leave their body when they are meant to leave.
To be continued . . .
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
16 June 2007
© Radha Govind Samiti