Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and SrilaGurudev.
In Srimad Bhagavad Gita Chapter 9 verse 3, Lord Krishna says,
apraapya maam nivartante
"Those who are not faithful on the path of devotional service cannot attain Me, Oconqueror of foes, but return to birth and death in this material world."
Krsna states in the above quoted verse that those who reject Bhagavad-gita as authoritycannot have any connection with Him, and because they have no relation to Him, they remainin the cycle of birth and death. aprapya mam nivartante mrtyu-samsara-vartmani -Being subjected to samsara, the cycle of birth and death, does not guarantee that one willnecessarily get a similar facility for understanding Bhagavad-gita in the next life. Onemay not necessarily be born again as a human being, or in America, or in India, or even onthis planet. There is no certainty; it all depends on our work we do during our life. Wetake our birth, remain for some time, enjoy or suffer, then again give up this body andenter into the womb of a mother, either human being or animal, then prepare another bodyto come out and begin our work again. This is called mrtyu-samsara-vartmani. If one wantsto avoid this path, he must take to Krsna consciousness.
When Yudhisthira Maharaja was asked, "What is the most wonderful thing in the world?"he replied, "The most wonderful thing is that every day, every moment, people are dying,and yet everyone thinks that death will not come for him." Every minute and every secondwe experience that living entities are going to the temple of death. Men, insects,animals, birds--everyone is going. This world, therefore, is called mrtyuloka--the planetof death. Every day there are obituaries, and if we bother to go to the cemetery orcrematorium grounds we can validate them.
Yet everyone is thinking, "Somehow or other I'll live." Everyone is subject to the lawof death, yet no one takes it seriously. This is illusion. Thinking we will live forever,we go on doing whatever we like, feeling that we will never be held responsible. This is avery risky life, and it is the densest part of illusion. We should become very serious andunderstand that death is waiting. We have heard the expression, "as sure as death." Thismeans that in this world death is the most certain thing; no one can avoid it. When deathcomes, no longer will our puffed-up philosophy or advanced degrees help us. At that timeour stout and strong body and our intelligence - which doesn't care for anything - are allvanquished. At that time the fragmental portion (jivatma) comes under the dictation ofmaterial nature, and prakrti (nature) gives us the type of body for which we are fit. Ifwe want to take this risk, we can avoid Krsna; if we don't want to take it, but would holdon our faith to Krishna under all circumstances, then Krsna will come to help us.
Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada,
Your humble Servant,
Radha Damodhar Das & Sarva Mangala Devi Dasi
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