eka to na bhoolo hari govinda radhe
dujo tanu kshana bhangura na bhula de
In this way, no one has any control over death and it is for this reason we must be cautious at all times. Think: what if I die the next moment? What will happen then? Be prepared; be ever prepared. Always remain in the remembrance of God so that you may think of Him in the final moments of life and reach His divine abode after death. Let us say that you are remembering God all the time, but forget about Him for a couple of minutes and started thinking about your mother, father, child and wife or husband instead. Let's say that you die while thinking of your family members. What will happen to you after death? After death, you will attain the one about whom you were thinking.
Jada Bharata was a paramahansa (a liberated soul). He got attached to a deer and at the time of his death, he remembered the deer. As a result, he had to become a deer in his next life. If this is the condition of a paramahansa, then what to speak of someone ordinary! This is why you must reflect on both points simultaneously. The only clever one, the only wise one and the only intelligent one is the person who succeeds in doing this. The rest are all foolish and careless. They understand the philosophy, they have met with a genuine Saint, who has explained the true knowledge to them; they have understood the philosophy and yet they are careless. They chant hare rama hare rama for half an hour or an hour in the evening and that is all. That's it. The rest of the time they are entertaining wrong thoughts. They are thinking of the world.
So you must keep both points in mind at all times.
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
16 June 2007
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