eka to na bhoolo hari govinda radhe
dujo tanu kshana bhangura na bhula de
King Dashratha, who had Lord Rama as his son, died but even Lord Rama did not save him. The almighty Lord Rama did not save his own father. Abhimanyu died. The Kauravas killed him by trickery. He was the son of Arjuna, one of the greatest Saints; he was the nephew of Shri Krishna. In addition to this, Veda Vyasa, a descension of God, had performed His marriage to Uttara. These three divine personalities could not save Abhimanyu and his wife Uttara became a widow at the age of sixteen.
So death is very powerful. God does not interfere when it comes to death, and His Saints also do not interfere. Lord Rama stayed on Earth for 11,000 years. At the end of His designated time on Earth, Yamaraja (the god of death) approached Him. Yamaraja cannot take God by force; he merely comes as a reminder. He said, "Maharaj! Your time on Earth is finished. I have come to merely remind You." Yamaraja approaches Saints as well. He sits down before them, and then the Saint places his lotus feet on Yamaraja's head. Then he sits down in the pushpak viman. Yamaraja fulfils his duty.
When he pays a visit to sinners, who are controlled by maya, he drags them away by force to punish them. And when he pays a visit to a God-realised soul, he seats them respectfully on a vehicle and takes them away. Nevertheless, one thing is for certain; all will have to go.
These days, many people fool themselves by reciting the mrityunjaya japa, which is in fact a mantra from the Vedas. People want to conquer death by merely reciting this mantra. An ordinary person whom people call a pandit sits down and recites this mantra and assures the family that the ailing family member will not die. Just imagine! God is not saving His own father from death, and these people think they will make the impossible happen by simply rotating beads? What a joke!
To be continued . . .
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
16 June 2007
© Radha Govind Samiti