Lessons from the Life of Dhrtarashtra - Part 8

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Lessons from the life of Dhrtarashtra" based on glorious verses present in first canto, 13th Chapter of Srimad Bhagavatam. In the previous offering we saw that there is no remedy for death in this material world and all we need to do is just surrender unto the Supreme Lord. Now we shall see further.

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.13.20 Vidura says to Dhrtarashtra,  

yena caivābhipanno ’yaṁ prāṇaiḥ priyatamair api
janaḥ sadyo viyujyeta kim utānyair dhanādibhiḥ

Whoever is under the influence of supreme kaala [eternal time] must surrender his most dear life, and what to speak of other things, such as wealth, honor, children, land and home.

At the time of death, no matter how much ever we love our family, friends, possessions in this material world we would have to give up everyone and everything. None of them will accompany us in our final journey. There is a proverb in Tamil - "Even a needle without an ear hole will not accompany us." In one of his lectures our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says, "Alexander the great, conquered so many countries. When he was dying, his servants asked him what is his wish. He said, "Please put my body in the coffin, with my hands out, so that people should see that I came wit nothing and I am going back with nothing." Then he wanted the doctors to carry his dead body so that people will know with all the doctors available, he died."  Maharaj always refers to the following verse from the scriptures (Garuda Purana) which makes this point very clear.

dhanāni bhūmau paśavo hi goṣṭe
nāri gṛhadvāri sakhā śmaśāne
dehaścitāyām paraloka mārge
dharmānugo gacchati jīva ekaḥ

Wealth, lands, farms, cattle, spouse will not accompany us in our final journey. Friends and relatives will accompany us only till the grave. Body will be with us only till funeral pyre. Whatever you have heard or remembered about Krishna will accompany you. Otherwise nothing accompanies us.

Maharaj insisted that before chanting Hare Krishna Mahamantra, we should chant this mantra - "I have to go, leaving everything behind." Most of the problems in life are because we think that we will stay here forever and and as a result we become attached to so many things here. When we remember that we are just a guest in this material world, then we will not make any unnecessary demands. 

So Vidura informed Dhrtarashtra that there is no point being attached to the throne or nation, for its not possible to take them along with him in his final journey. As a responsible brother Vidura tried his best to make Dhrtarashtra understand that it is very important for him to renounce these temporary assets, and refocus his attention towards Krishna, His Names, form etc.

Krishna willing we shall continue to meditate on the instructions provided by Vidura to Dhrtarashtra in the subsequent offerings.

Hare Krishna.

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