By Niraj Bidawatka

One should start serving Krishna since the tender stage of boyhood, instructs Prahlada Maharaja.

When the devotees of Lord Krishna humbly request people to engage in devotional service, or Krishna consciousness, a majority of them say that they will start serving God in their old age. It is indeed a good thought that they will start devotional service in their old age but there is a caveat to it. There is no guarantee that we shall surely become old – we may die before old age sets in. Therefore all the sages as well as the scriptures recommend starting the process of self-realisation as soon as possible without waiting for old age. Emperor Prahlāda Maharaj, the great devotee of Krishna instructs everyone to start bhāgavata dharma, or devotional service at the tender age of less than five years because the human birth, although very rare, is temporary since one never knows when death will come knocking over the door. Moreover death doesn’t discriminate. It gives equal treatment to the rich and the poor as well as the weak and the powerful. One can’t expect any mercy from death.

The human form of life is awarded specifically to realise God, understand our relationship with Him and establish that lost relationship by developing love for Him. It is not meant for squandering it away by indulging in sense gratification. The happiness derived by eating sleeping and mating is temporary whereas the bliss attained by serving God is permanent and eternal. It requires a great deal of intelligence to understand the science of God which only the humans possess. The lower forms of life such as the birds and the beasts do not possess such developed intelligence. Therefore it behooves everyone to immediately start investing his energy in understanding and serving Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead without waiting for old age because there is no guarantee of becoming old. We may die before becoming old!


2 thoughts on “DON’T WAIT FOR OLD AGE

  1. It is true that the self realisation unfolds the mystery of life. Lord Krishna, being the common father, desires only love from HIS children. Indeed, it is a simple process, a human being must begin at an early age, to attain self realisation. The entire universe is one family, being headed by the supreme Godhead, the Lord Krishna. Once all the family members turn into realised souls, there will be eternal love &peace. With this, overuse of natural resources would cease, the violence to the mother earth in the form of stuffing it with poisonous gases would stop and the human beings would develop inherent virtue of exhibiting compassion to all animate and inanimate creations of the BEING. No battles would be fought for grabing control of nature’s ecological assets – Air, Water, minerals & oil . The future generations would greatly benefit from the inheritence of the planet , with pure air to breath , pure water to drink and safe place to live.


  2. very good article.indeed many people say that krsna conciousness is for the old.But prahalad or dhruva took to krsna conciousness when very young.Also when old they will be lacking energy/enthusiasm of the young.people simply do not understand.In fact krsna conciousness should start from very young age,otherwise people get entangled in family life and very difficult to give up materialistic way of life


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