Harililamrtam Vacah - Part 5

Harililamrtam Vacah - Part 5

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Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

This is in conclusion of the previous offering titled, 'Harililamrtam Vacah' wherein we were discussing on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.16.8. Glorifying the power of Krishna katha, the sages of Naimisaranya very nicely say to Suta Goswami,

na kashcin mriyate taavad / yaavad aasta ihaantakah
etad artham hi bhagavaan / aahutah paramarshibhih
aho nr-loke piyeta / harililaamrtam vacah

"As long as Yamaraja, who causes everyone's death, is present here, no one shall meet with death. The great sages have invited the controller of death, Yamaraja, who is the representative of the Lord. Living beings who are under his grip should take advantage by hearing the deathless nectar in the form of this narration of the transcendental pastimes of the Lord."

In this offering we shall continue to meditate on some of the important points shared by Srila Prabhupada in his lecture.

xii) Constantly, twenty-four hours, we are engaged in hari-lilaamrtam vacah. That's all. And so long you are engaged in hari-lilaamrtam vacah, there is no question of death. There is no question of death.

xiii) Then if you say, "We are seeing that devotees are dying," "Yes, but death has been stopped. "Then still, why he is dying?" "He is not dying. He is going back to home, back to Godhead." No more death. No more death.

xiv)  Simply an official business, just like you sleep and again you awake, similarly, a devotee's death is like that. It is like sleep1ing, and next moment in the spiritual kingdom, immediately. Immediately. When he will rise, he will see that "I am with Krishna."

xv) A devotee is also dying. How can I say that it is deathlessness? No, he does not know. Devotee is not dying. There is very good example. Just like a cat. He catches the rat and he catches his cub also. But these two kinds of catching is different. When the cat catches a rat, that rat means his, "Chi chi chi," means dying, actually dying. And the cab (cub), he is feeling very comfortable: "Meow, meow, meow." Because the same cat, catching, process is the same, but the feeling is different. So a devotee seemingly dying, he is not dying. He is going back to Krishna. He is very pleased, "Now my labor is finished. I am going to Krishna." That is his feeling. And others, they are crying, "Oh, this is my estate. This is my family. This is my, this is my, this is my... I am leaving. I do not want to leave it. What will happen to that?" He is crying. That is death. 

xvi) So it appears like death, but it is actually not death. Just like the electric fan, if you make the switch off, it has stopped running, but if you say, "Still running," that is not running. That is a show of running. Actually, the running is stopped.

xvii) Similarly, as soon as you surrender to God, through His representative, your death is stopped unless you make it nullified by accepting anything which is against the bhakti principle. Otherwise your deathlessness is guaranteed. 

When we follow the principle of 'harililamrtam vacah'  as shown by Srila Prabhupada, then we are also guaranteed with eternal life. Jagat Guru Srila Prabhupada ki Jai ! 

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.