(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Untitled Lecture) My spiritual master was in New York dressed like a monk and a policeman said, “So, you are a monk, what is it that you have to give up?” and his answer was, … more
(HH Kadamba Kanana Swami, Cape Town, 27th June 2012, S. B 8.1.3)
An element which causes anxiety in relation to death is, even for a devotee who feels, “Okay, I’m not this body. Alright, whatever devotional service I’ve performed will add auspiciousness to my departure,” but still, we don’t know our destination. Still we don’t know, for sure.
And if you start thinking, “I didn’t do so well in my devotional service. I didn’t become that pure and elevated yet, so again, it may be another birth, and then, still, I’ll have karma and then, once again… and who knows what karma!” And it just goes on and on and on, even into the unknown! At least now we know, sort of… well, we know a little of what to expect. But in death, it just goes completely into the deep end of the unknown!
So anxiety remains also for devotees. Still some insecurity is there.
But a devotee can become fearless of death, not so much by just the philosophical understanding that ‘I am not this body’ , but by a relationship with Krsna – if we get close in our relationship with Krsna.
The more close we get in our relationship with Krsna (sanskrit) the devotee knows, “Oh, Krsna will protect me, surely there is no doubt about it! Krsna is very close in my life because I’m always living with Krsna, always serving Krsna, always thinking of Krsna, and in this way, there is no doubt Krsna will protect me.”
In that way one becomes fearless.