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By Swami Gaurangapada
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! As I was chanting today, I suddenly realized the stark reality that actually no one in this world can save me from ever-imminent final calamity of death.
A few handful people may remember us for a day or so after we die and after that our departure will remain a forgettable history and everyone will continue living and working as they did before. No one is going to give up their work or plans just because we die.
Even those who love us the most may remember us occasionally but they will go on with their life and our absence in their lives will be filled by someone else. While living, we give our entire lives for our near and dear ones but unfortunately they can do absolutely nothing at the time of our death except crying for a day or two. So though we have tirelessly worked to benefit our own body and others' bodies in this life, at the time of death we are going to leave all of them behind including our own body. And we will end up doing nothing to save our soul even though we had so much time in this precious human form of life.
It will be too late to really do anything at that time. Please don't take it as an offense but actually our lives will end up as a colossal waste if we don't face this fact right now. No one will remind you of this as people don't even want to think of death what to speak of preparing for it. Those people who speak flowery language making people forget that they are going to die are respected and worshiped in the present society and those who teach others how to prepare for everyone's eventual examination and reality of death are rejected as pessimistic.
Considering all this I finally remembered that in the whole creation only the Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna can save me from death as They will accompany our soul to the next destination. In fact, They will decide our next destination and take us to the eternal spiritual Kingdom of Lord Gauranga-Krishna if we attain qualification in chanting the Holy Names. If one reaches the stage of constant absorption while chanting the Holy Names while living, then one is sure to terminate the cycle of birth and death and never get a dreadful material body again at the time of death.
With this thought, today, my exclusive shelter and dependance on the Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna increased even more and I vowed within my heart to take the Names as constantly and feelingly as I can throughout the day and night whatever external activity I may perform.
- Swami Gaurangapada
shayane gaura, svapane gaura, gaura nayanera taaraa
jivane gaura marane gaura, gaura galaara haaraa
"In sleeping Gauranga, in dreaming Gauranga, Gauranga is the star of my eyes. In life Gauranga, at death Gauranga, Gauranga's Holy Name is the precious necklace I constantly wear around my neck." - Shrila Vasudeva Ghosh