Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 2.1.15
anta-kāle tu puruṣa
spṛhāṁ dehe ’nu ye ca tam
anta-kāle — at the last stage of life; tu — but; puruṣaḥ — a person; āgate — having arrived; gata-sādhvasaḥ — without any fear of death; chindyāt — must cut off; asaṅga — nonattachment; śastreṇa — by the weapon of; spṛhām — all desires; dehe — in the matter of the material tabernacle; anu — pertaining; ye — all that; ca — also; tam — them.
At the last stage of one’s life, one should be bold enough not to be afraid of death. But one must cut off all attachment to the material body and everything pertaining to it and all desires thereof.
Srila Prabhupada states in his purport;
Death is nothing but sleeping for a few months in order to develop another term of bodily encagement, which we are awarded by the law of nature according to our aspiration. Therefore, one has only to change the aspiration during the course of this present body, and for this there is need of training in the current duration of human life.
Desire is the concomitant factor of the living entity. The living entity is eternal, and therefore his desires, which are natural for a living being, are also eternal. One cannot, therefore, stop desiring, but the subject matter for desires can be changed. So one must develop the desire for returning home, back to Godhead, and automatically the desires for material gain, material honor and material popularity will diminish in proportion to the development of devotional service. A living being is meant for service activities, and his desires are centered around such a service attitude. Beginning from the top executive head of the state down to the insignificant pauper in the street, all are rendering some sort of service to others. The perfection of such a service attitude is only attained simply by transferring the desire of service from matter to spirit, or from Satan to God.