The great Muhammad Ali had once said, “I am the greatest”. It was indeed true that he was and will remain one of the greatest professional boxers in history. His opponents feared him, his fans eulogized him and the destiny always smiled at him.
But the king of the ring, Muhammad Ali, who had successfully and many a times, effortlessly, had knocked out many of his challengers was finally knocked out by the mighty time. The mighty time ultimately conquers all the conquerors of this world. It is ruthless, unforgiving, never compromising and never failing. No one has ever been able to subjugate it. And neither in future anyone will be able to subdue it. It is never swayed by the beauty of a charming girl or can be purchased by the wealth of the entire world.
No one escapes from its onslaught. It is equal to all – rich or poor, men or women, beautiful or ugly, humans or animals or plants, in fact all moving and non moving things of this world finally surrender in front of it. All are helpless before it like a mouse caught by the cat.
When Arjuna sees gigantic universal form of Krishna at the battlefield of Kurushetra then in great bewilderment he asks, “O Lord of lords, so ﬁerce of form, please tell me who You are.” (Bhagavad Gita 11.31).
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Time I am, the great destroyer of the worlds, and I have come here to destroy all people. ((Bhagavad Gita 11.32)
Time is a form of the Supreme Lord and it annihilates everything of this material world. Our temporary body too gets destroyed. When Mr Death come calling then he does not allow us to carry anything of this material world – family members, friends, material positions and possessions we have to leave here only. But Mr Death does permit us to carry one treasure i.e. our accumulated spiritual wealth. This is why the holy books constantly remind us about the ephemeral nature of this world and asks us to focus on acquiring that wealth which is never lost.
Mahabharat says eating, sleeping, mating and defending are the activities in which animals too engage. And if we humans also get engrossed in these 4 activities only then what is the use of us being humans? Instead we should utilize our life in inquiring about the absolute truth and in developing loving devotional service to the supreme Lord.
In his book Gitavali, Bhaktivinod Thakur, a great Vaisnava saint, very beautifully describes how human life is precious, how life is uncertain, how the mighty time continuously passes and how we should utilize each and every moment of our life.
- You spend your nights uselessly sleeping and your days decorating your bodies! Now just fill your mouths with the holy names – Mukunda! Madhava! Yadava! Hari! chanting without offense.
- You have achieved this rare human body. Don’t you care for this gift? If you do not worship the darling of mother Yasoda now, then great sorrow awaits you at the time of your death.
- With every rising and setting of the sun, a day passes and is lost. Why then do you remain idle and not serve the Lord of the heart?
- You should understand this essential fact: life is temporary and filled with various kinds of miseries. Therefore carefully take shelter of the holy name and remain always engaged in his service as your eternal occupation.
- Desiring to bless all living entities, this sweet name of Krishna has descended to this material universe and shines like the sun in the sky of the heart, destroying the darkness of ignorance.
- Drink the pure nectar of the holy name ……….there is nothing except the holy name.
When Mr. Death knocks at the door of a devotee then he is not fearful because he sees it as an opportunity to reunite with Krishna. He becomes extremely joyful when he sees that the supreme ring master Krishna who is the king of the entire cosmic manifestation is eagerly welcoming him to his eternal kingdom.
By Purushottam Kumar
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