My grandfather passed away the day before Radhastami.
When I heard he was seeing the Yamadutas, I thought they’d toy around with him for 2 weeks before snatching his soul away.
So when he died just two days after my prediction, I was a little surprised.
We all knew his time had come; we just didn’t know exactly when.
Now this article will include some fundamental religious beliefs and teachings from the Vedas. So if you’re an atheist or nonbeliever, skip this one.
The Lord states in the Bhagavad Gita As It Is that we are souls. We are not this human material bodies.
Our identification with the gross material bodies is the cause of suffering and illusion under the three modes of material nature.
The Lord states that just like a person changes clothes from dress to another, the soul changes bodies from one form to another. As such, there is no cause for lamentation.
Furthermore, The Lord states that the soul is indestructible. The soul can neither be destroyed by fire or air or water or earth or ether. The soul cannot be destroyed by any weapons.
So why should a person lament when his time arrives? Why should a person fear death?
Death is but a process by which a person discards his old body and attains a new one.
Due to the influence of the age of Kali, most people cannot understand this simple concept due to their ignorance.
And therefore, they are always hankering after material things and trying to satisfy the body.
A wise man knows to not mourn the dead, as the soul never dies.
When a person dies, his body stays right here, in front of all his family members and friends and relatives. The body is right there, in front of their eyes.
So who do they cry about? “Oh! He has left us! He has left us!”
Who has left them? The body of the deceased is right in front of them.
Who are they lamenting for?
What are they grieving for?
It is the soul. The soul is the driver of the body. The material body is just like a car. Without the driver, a car is nonfunctional.
The material body is made up of matter. Matter has no life. Matter has no consciousness. Matter is useless.
The soul is important. The soul needs nourishment.
Without spiritual cultivation, one cannot satisfy the soul. And if the soul is not satisfied, one can never be happy.
This point can be proven by all the rich and wealthy, by the famous and popular, by the beautiful and handsome, by the intelligent and the foolish – no one is really happy regardless of how rich they are, or how beautiful they are, or how smart they are, or how famous they are… If a person does not practice spiritual life, they can never be happy.
Everyone in this material world is hankering after material things. Due to their ignorance, they think that by acquiring the said material things, they will become happy. But, they are never truly happy.
Material happiness is fickle and temporary.
A person will always experience cycles of happiness and distress, heat and cold, pain and pleasure and so on.
This material world is full of dualities. And one should remain equivocal and undisturbed by the material dualities.
Only then, can one practice devotional service and become happy.
Anyway, my grandfather’s dead. I didn’t attend his funeral due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I figured if there were too many people at the funeral, it would be quite risky.
Am I sad that he’s dead? No. Am I sorry he’s dead? No. Do I feel any pain or grief caused by his death? No.
I am quite unaffected by his death.
On the contrary, I was angered by the timing of his death as it would mean that I could neither go to the temple nor perform deity worship at home for the next 2 weeks.
I wasn’t close to the old man. I knew nothing about him and he knew very little about me.
And that’s my relationship with all my family members and relatives.
Material detachment is very important for spiritual growth and understanding. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to remain detached to most of the material things.
One has to understand that when one dies, everything they have a relation to in this world will be left behind.
You were born naked, without any material possessions, and you will leave this world the same way.
Nothing in this world matters when death arrives – not your family, not your wife and lovers, not your children and grandchildren, not your money and jewellery, not your bank accounts and business shares, not your cars and land, not your house and TV – you will leave everything behind.
At the time of death, it doesn’t matter if you’re beautiful or ugly, educated or illiterate, rich or poor, kind or selfish – none of your material qualities and qualifications matter.
The only thing that’s worth something is your spiritual life. The only thing that’ll save you from the Yamadutas is your devotional life.
Unless one remembers The Lord, has faith in the Lord and has led a virtuous pious life in the service of the Lord, one is sure to see the Yamadutas at the time of his death.
So, the question is, how much preparation have you made for death?
We all know we’re going to die one day; we just don’t know when.
So, instead of hankering after material possession and pleasures, we should be focusing our time on the service of the Lord.
A wise man knows that hankering after material pleasures is a waste of time.
The human body is like a cage, and the soul is like the bird inside the cage.
Instead of pampering the cage, a wise man knows to feed the bird inside the cage.
Then he will become happy.
Hundreds and thousands of people die every single day in the material world.
Yet the rest of the population continues to hanker after sense enjoyment without any thoughts about their own fate.
It is time to wake up. It is time to understand and realize one’s true position and identity in this material manifestation. It is time to search out for the real knowledge of the Vedas. It is time to make the best out of this human form of life as it is the only chance that we have to get out of the cycle of birth, death, old age and disease.
Otherwise, people will continue to go through life after life; as cats, dogs, hogs, trees and fish. And they will continue to suffer in this material world lifetime after lifetime.
I hope the readers of this article will take some time to ponder on it’s contents. This is a rare case where I’ve discussed the reality of this material world and the practical understanding and solution to our problems.