The following inspirational quotes were submitted by Jai Devaki Parks, a long-time Vaishnavas Care Supporter who is a member of the Gita-nagari farm community in Port Royal, Pennsylvania (U.S.A.). We sincerely thank Jai Devaki for sharing this important quote from her family’s Guru, His Holiness Bhakti Tirtha Swami, and for participating in our project to assist the Devotees of Lord Krishna worldwide. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to Jai Devaki Devi Dasi for her glorious service!
“For many years, I would frequently begin my diary entries with the following words, “Today is the last day of my life. Today I die.” After making my submissions to my spiritual mentor, Srila Prabhupada, I would anticipate what I would do in the remaining minutes before I was to leave this planet. I consciously made an effort to try to take each day in the spirit of it being my final time on earth. Any kind of austerity can become mechanical and therefore diminished in potency. Have you ever meditated on the moment when you have to leave your body? If this is the last opportunity you have to relate to certain people and do certain things, will you honestly be able to leave with a sense of completion? Remember that our state of consciousness at the time of death determines the quality of our next life.
— Bhakti Tirtha Swami via “Surrender: The Key to Eternal Life,” Chapter 7
“As we experience problems but think less of ourselves and more of others, then Krishna will intervene and take away our own problems. This is the Krishna magic. God is always trying to give to us, trying to nourish us, trying to protect us, trying to share love. When we are not humble, the Divine Couple (Radha and Krishna) still tries to come through, but ego closes the door. So being humble means to open up the door and let that love come through. When we truly realize what has been passed down to us, we eagerly embrace it. In awe of the gifts bestowed upon us, we try to live up to them by fully experiencing them and keeping them sacred.”
–Bhakti Tirtha Swami via “Surrender: The Key to Eternal Life”
Chapter 7, section “Fear of Killing the False Ego.”