Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
Now-a-days everywhere people speak about health. It is true that health is wealth. Without healthy body, it becomes very difficult to carry on our day to day activities. But most of the time we would have experienced how mental health plays a key role on the health as well as recovery process of a diseased person. If one is very pessimistic, then it takes all the more longer time for one's recovery. Unfortunately even the kith and kin would then start considering the diseased person as a burden. So our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj always insists on the importance of the below prayer
anāyāsena maraṇam vinā dainyena jīvanam
dehi me krpayā kṛṣṇa tvayi bhaktim acancalām
Please bestow us instant death (so that we don't become burden to others). May we not be dependent on others for our maintenance and as long as we are alive, may we always be engaged in uninterrupted devotional service unto Your lotus feet.
We might also have to accept the reality that sometimes due to our own past karmas, our death might not be instant and we may be bedridden. Instead of becoming fearful and morose in such situations, we must take shelter of Supreme Lord more seriously. Maharaj very nicely used to say that there are only two kinds of disease in this world - one that gets cured and the other that stays with us to take us away. In both cases we have to be cheerful. Maharaj by his practical example has shown to all suffering souls as to how - simply by going out in fresh air, eating healthy food, more importantly taking the shelter of the best medicine - Holy Names and discussion of Krishna's pastimes has such a positive impact on our health. He has also taught how to visualise death in a very positive manner. Maharaj says that death is so pleasing that it is like a boarding a boat and going from one bank of the river to the other. The moment we reach the other side, Krishna will be waiting for us. So there is no need to be anxious or morose. Our only worry or concern is forgetfulness of Krishna. As long as we are able to remember Krishna, then death also becomes very pleasant as taught by Maharaj.
When Caitanya Mahaprabhu met Srila Haridas Thakura and inquired about his health, Srila Haridas Thakura very humbly responded that "My disease is that I am unable to complete my rounds." So we can see how Namacarya Haridas Thakur is teaching us what is diseased condition of life. Srila Prabhupada very nicely mentions in his wonderful lecture on verse 1.16.16 of Srimad Bhagavatam - "To become Kṛṣṇa conscious is healthy. That is real health. Not to become Kṛṣṇa conscious, to become a demon, that is disease."
So whatever be our past and present karma, we should simply foucs current moment in nicely engaging ourselves in Krishna's service. That indeed is the secret of good health.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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