Invest for your Retirement - Part 2

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my dandavat pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev. 

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Invest For your Retirement" wherein we were seeing how it is important for us to invest our time also and not just money for our retirement. Now we shall continue further. 

Our consciousness from young age, as it has been molded, gets carried forward in old age and then in death and then to the next birth.This is what Krishna is talking about when He is saying that the type of consciousness you have at the time of death, will decide what your next body will be. BG 8.6,

yaṁ yaṁ vāpi smaran bhāvam tyajaty ante kalevaram
taṁ tam evaiti kaunteya  sadā tad-bhāva-bhāvitaḥ

Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his body, O son of Kuntī, that state he will attain without fail.

In our older days, if we are not able to somehow do Krishna conscious work throughout the day, then there are high chances that our consciousness is not perfect enough to enter Goloka.

Human birth is very rare. After getting such a rare birth, we should strive for the ultimate goal which is to go to Goloka Vrindavan. All these years we have spent on earning for our livelihood , for maintenance of the body. Simultaneously we have been doing a bit of Krishna consciousness. We might have spent 2 hrs on chanting and probably an hour on reading Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavatam. 

Now it is time to ask ourselves the question, “Given the time, will I be able to study Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavatam for 24 hours a day? Am I in the mood for that? Or will I get hit by boredom after one hour of studying?”

HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says that, "our test for devotional service is how long we are able to sit alone with Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavatam."

Krishna willing we shall continue to meditate more on this topic in the subsequent offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Srividya Sharma