Acaryas Quotes Gurudeva said today There Is No Certainty...

There Is No Certainty…

Our forms are not only composed of material matter. You will have to relinquish everything; you will have to become old. What you have managed to gather in this world, not a needle will go from here—not a strand of hair will go with you. All the things you have gathered will stay here. So, what should we do? One day we will have to be old—so old that we will be unable to hold a glass of water. There is no certainty that our friends will die first or if we will die first—no certainty.

Who will help you? Your children? They will be married and they will fly away. Then what will become of your wealth? Who will manage everything? Who will bury you in the grave after death? Oh, so many big problems! We should know that we are immortal souls. We should do something for our real selves, some chanting:

Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare
Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare

July 19, 1996 Netherlands

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