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Title: Throw in the towel

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-10-15 13:52:00


Q. Iíve about come to the end. time to throw in the towel, been around for a long time but never have picked up the momentum to make sustained advancement. I know theres something there.Iíve had plenty of realizations, ecstatic times, good japa sessions, good friendships and advanced association, but Iím getting old and tired now. the lower propensities always drag me away and iím finally worn out with fighting back. Right now i just want to slip into content and ignorant old age, and die when its time. Iím not afraid of old age and death as i have seen plenty of it. maybe this attitude has come because Iíve committed too many offenses. ę Less: ""]More Ľ[URL=""

Answer by Swami: "http:///" Gaurangapada:

Bhakti: "http:///"]Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Guru Parampara! Pranams and Blessings! I am so sorry to hear that. I would suggest in fact that you should be fearful of death and old age and most of all the most painful rebirth scenario. In old age, you should do the reverse of what you are thinking now. One should intensify oneís chanting, hearing, sanga and Bhakti and should go and reside in the Dhaam and prepare for the final exam. As Shrila Prabhupada told us that life is a preparation for the final exam of death. So you have tried to study for many years but you are throwing the towel before the exam. That does not make sense. I humbly implore you to make the most of your studies ([URL="http:///" sadhan) and pass the exam (death) in flying colors and not to give in to Maya. Even the most advanced devotee Shrila Bharata Maharaja had to take a rebirth just because he became attached to a deer at the end, so just imagine if you throw the towel much before your final exam of death, you may have to take rebirth.


Title: Re: Throw in the towel

User: MrdaniDate: 2006-11-16 07:48:00


Hare Krishna, Nityananda Gauranga

Dear Swami Gaurangapada

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Shrila Prabhupada.

Sorry, for being such a passive follower of yours.

I wanted to ask you a question regarding death, since it was posted above.

Is there any use of fighting death, if the treatment to fight the disease is so painful and uncomfortable? I have a kind of quote of Shrila Prabhupada floating above my head yesterday, which says, that: to fight death one should not have to undergo severe suffering, something like this. I know Shrila Prabhupada mentions this somewhere, but I dont know where.

Would you please shed some of your wisdom on this?

Thank you so much, and thank you so much to be with us in this times of transformation of consciousness.

your servant



Title: Re: Throw in the towel

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-11-16 07:53:00


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Shrila Prabhupada! Dear Mridani dasi, Each specific case has to be decided after studying the exact pros and cons of medical treatment and the probability of cure in that treatment, the suffering, time and money involved in that treatment etc.

But in general I would suggest that if you are finding the normal treatment very painful, you seriously try out alternative forms of medicine like Ayurveda etc. whose treatment is not so extreme, painful, and unpredictable though it may take a little longer time. Ayurveda has cures for almost any and every chronic ailments as it goes to the root problem of the tridoshas (vata, pitta, kapha) as mentioned in the Shrimad Bhagavatam. Of course one has to find a good Ayurvedic kaviraja as not all are genuine in Ayurveda also.

And along with that, you can increase your daily intake of the Bhakti Aushadhi, the divine elixir and medicine of the Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna and stop worrying very much. Just surrendering to the Holy Names and Lord Nityananda is best way to let Them make us well if They desire. When I am unwell, I personally find that the combination of the Holy Names, Kirtana, Katha and some Ayurvedic herbal medicines almost always works for me. I hope this is of some help