Medicine for Immortalization

19th Sep 2003
Sarvaishwarya Krishna das

Hare Krishna Respected Vaishnavas,
Please accept my humble obeissances. All glories to Sri-Sri Guru and Gauranga. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

It is our practical experience that every living entity wants to live forever, no matter how much sufferings they may face. Is it possible though? Our maximum resources and efforts in modern days are spent to find out a cure for old age, disease, and death. Are we making progress in this direction or are we hopeful that such a cure will be available in the future, and how long we are going to wait for that? Are we going to survive long enough to avail such a facility? Well, the answer is "we don't know". At least, it has not happened yet. It may or may not happen in the future as well. The most important thing in this regard is the term, "We don't know" that clearly indicates a limit to our knowledge and understanding about the future. However, we should not think that there is no way of getting out from the clutches of old age, disease, and death. We are wasting our time in search of new medicines for these problems and ignoring the one which is already available from the time immemorial. That medicine is Srimad-Bhagavatam. How Srimad-Bhagavatam is "the only medicine or cure" for our problems is nicely and clearly explained in SB 1.16.8 as follows:

na kaścin mriyate tāvad yāvad āsta ihāntakaḥ
etad-arthaṁ hi bhagavān āhūtaḥ paramarṣibhiḥ
aho nṛ-loke pīyeta hari-līlāmṛtaṁ vacaḥ

 As long as Yamaraja, who causes everyone's death, is present here, no one shall meet with death. The great sages have invited the controller of death, Yamaraja, who is the representative of the Lord. Living beings who are under his grip should take advantage by hearing the deathless nectar in the form of this narration of the transcendental pastimes of the Lord.

His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, who discovered this hidden medicine, distributed amongst us for our benefit. He confirms that the surest remedy of avoiding death is to accustom oneself to hearing the nectarean past-times of Lord Sri Krishna as they are systematically narrated in the texts of Srimad-Bhagavatam. The word "systematically" is very significant here. One should take the medicine as it is advised by the expert physician otherwise the consequences could be anything other than the cure of the problem. Thus, every human being who desires freedom from death should take to this course of life as recommended by Srila Prabhupada and the expert Rishis (highly qualified physicians) headed by Saunaka.

The expert physician of the present time, His Holiness Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj, prescribed the same medicine to the fortunate souls at the Srimad-Bhagavatam Saptah in Sydney, Australia in 2001. Maharaj explained that by devotional service to Lord Sri Krishna confidentially the immortality is established. Then he added how to use the prescription for attaining immortality. He advised that one should become a sincere devotee of the Lord, perform sincere devotional service unto Him with the best of his/her ability, then one wouldn't have to come back to this material world. One may remain in the eternal service of the Lord Sri Krishna and that is immortality, a perfect and only solution of one's freedom from repeated birth, death, disease, and old age. So, we got a perfect prescription and perfect instructions on how to use it. Now, it is up to us whether to follow the directions of our expert physician and get rid off from the material miseries or to go further from one physician to another to try new prescriptions whose validity is even unproven. 

All glories to Sri-Sri Guru and Gauranga. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Yours useless servant,
Sarvaishwarya Krishna das

Moderator's Note: 
1. I have heard Maharaj saying this incident in another interesting way thus: The sixty thousand sages wanted to perform a 1000 year yajna. The sages were wondering how we all can live that long. The head of the sages, Sri Saunaka Rsi did a trick. He invited Yamaraja to be the chief guest of the yajna. He told Yamaraja, "We are going to perform a yajna and we want you to be our chief guest." Yamaraja said, "Alright! I will be there." Saunaka Rsi said, "We want you not for just one or two days. We want you for the entire period of yajna i.e, one thousand years." Yamaraja is one of the Mahajanas and he is always interested in hearing Krishna-Katha. So he immediately accepted. Since Yamaraja, death personified himself was hearing Srimad Bhagavatam, there was no fear of death for those sages. This is the power of Srimad Bhagavatam.

2. H G Sarvaishwarya Krishna Prabhu is a research chemist & professor working in U of Florida, Gainesville. He has holds a doctorate degree in his area and has presented revolutionary papers recently on how the 'turmeric' can be used to prevent cancer. He has also done presented successful research papers on the medicinal values of other natural herbs and spices like cumin etc. We can't ask for a better person to talk about the medicinal values of Srimad Bhagavatam!!