The Race, against time

The things require, continuous cultivation of spiritual life, Krishna consciousness, in this way it is possible for a human being to go back home back to Godhead. Even if you are born in a lousy family, even if you are born in some kind of a despicable situation, still by the mercy of Lord Caitanya, we can still have… there is still hope for us, don’t lose any hope. There is still hope even if someone was born in a less fortunate situation materially, by the mercy of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. In other words one person may be born, just like in the race some people, they get to go up in the front, because in the previous races, they did fairly well. So they get to… like the Indianapolis 500, of… the winners of the previous races, they could be a in the front lines, and other people had to be behind them, but once the race begins even if you started in the back, you can move up and pass, and you run a good race, you can still come from behind and win, especially if the people in the front don’t keep the gas pedal down, right? So, that may be alright, just that… “Alright one person, they started off with a little bit of uh, an advantage from previous races, but they have to take advantage.” They cannot rest on their laurels… laurels? Laurels. They cannot rest on their laurels if they want to win.

Of course this is not that kind of competition you know. Everyone can be a winner, all you have to do is finish the race. Finish this life in Krishna consciousness, you are a winner uh, but time is the factor. We are racing against time. Time is not stopping for anyone, every breath is counted, if we miss enough time we wasted by not using any Krishna consciousness, we may not be able to have got far enough in the race of life. That when our time is up, then we may not be Krishna conscious. So we have to uh, be very careful, that whenever the final whistle blows, whenever it’s time for us to leave this body then you are actually Krishna conscious. Of course we don’t know when that is going to be. So we have to be prepared, it could be even the next second. We should think like that. “I could leave this body anytime, but anytime I should be prepared and I should be always clinging to the lotus feet of Guru and Gauranga.” In this way then at every moment we are very safe.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1984, 30 th May, SB Class, New Orleans @ USA