By Niraj Bidawatka
krishna tvadiya pada pankaja panjarāntam
adyaiva me viśatu manasa rajahansa
prana prayana samaye kapha vāta pittau
kanthāvarodhana vidhau smaranam kutaste
This verse was one of the favorite verses of Srila Prabhupada. It is from the Mukunda Mala Stotra written by King Kulasekhara. In this verse King Kulasekhara prays to Krishna that, “Let me give up my life immediately because at the present moment I am conscious of you.”
Kulasekhara does not want to wait till the time of his natural death, because he apprehends that at the time of death his throat would be choked up due to excessive mucus caused by an imbalance of the three dosas (kapha – mucus, vata – air and pitta – bile).
“In such a disturbed state, wherein the body is under extreme pain at the time of death, it would be difficult to remember You, therefore let me give up my life immediately because at the present moment I am conscious of you and remembering you,” says Kulasekhara.
So the perfection of life is to remember Krishna at the time of death. It is said in the Bhagavad Gita (8.5) that one, who, at the time of death, leaves his body remembering Krishna, attains the abode of Krishna.
Now one may raise an important question, “Why do I need to go to Krishna planet?” The answer is, “To attain eternal happiness.” Krishna’s planet is eternal and full of spiritual and cognizant bliss. To put it in simple words, Krishna’s planet is full of happiness. The residents of Krishna’s planet are not subject to birth, death, old age and disease. As long as these four problems exist, we cannot remain blissful.
Moreover, the most important thing is that once we are transferred to that planet, we get the opportunity to associate with Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead and engage in His loving devotional service.
Therefore a devotee of Krishna is ready to leave his body at once because he is worried that he may not remember Krishna at the time of death. This is in stark contrast to the karmis (materialistic fruitive workers) who do not want to give up their body even when they are suffering acute pain at the time of death.
[This write-up is based on the teachings of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada]