Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.
In Srimad Bhagavad Gita Chapter 9 verse 3, Lord Krishna says,
aśraddadhānāḥ puruṣā dharmasyāsya paran-tapa
aprāpya māṁ nivartante mṛtyu-saṁsāra-vartmani
Those who are not faithful on the path of devotional service cannot attain Me, O conqueror 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 authority cannot have any connection with Him, and because they have no relation to Him, they remain in 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 will necessarily get a similar facility for understanding Bhagavad Gita in the next life. One may not necessarily be born again as a human being, or in America, or in India, or even on this planet. There is no certainty; it all depends on our work we do during our life. We take our birth, remain for some time, enjoy or suffer, then again give up this body and enter into the womb of a mother, either human being or animal, then prepare another body to come out and begin our work again. This is called mrtyu-samsara-vartmani. If one wants to 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 second we 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 planet of death. Every day there are obituaries, and if we bother to go to the cemetery or crematorium grounds we can validate them.
Yet everyone is thinking, "Somehow or other I'll live." Everyone is subject to the law of 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 and understand that death is waiting. We have heard the expression, "as sure as death." This means that in this world death is the most certain thing; no one can avoid it. When death comes, no longer will our puffed-up philosophy or advanced degrees help us. At that time our stout and strong body and our intelligence - which doesn't care for anything - are all vanquished. At that time the fragmental portion (jivatma) comes under the dictation of material nature, and prakrti (nature) gives us the type of body for which we are fit. If we want to take this risk, we can avoid Krsna; if we don't want to take it, but would hold on our faith to Krishna under all circumstances, then Krsna will come to help us.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Radha Damodar das & Sarva Mangala devi dasi
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