According to the Bhagavad-gita, our activities and thoughts at the time of death determine our destination, our body, in our next life. If we can think of God at the time of death, we will not have to take birth again in the material world and be subjected to repeated birth, disease, old age, and death. Rather, we will be liberated and go back home, back to Godhead.
In his book Mathura Mahatmya, which describes the glories of Vrindavan, the great devotional scholar, poet, and acarya Srila Rupa Goswami states, “They who die in the area of Mathura and Vrindavan become perfect and attain the supreme destination.” But because ISKCON’s Founder-Acarya, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, often encouraged his followers not to retire to the holy land but rather to spread the knowledge of the science of God throughout the world, most devotees are not residing in Vrindavan when it is time to pass away from this world.
Until recently, even those who had sufficient notice and facility did not have caregivers and a proper support system to see them through their final stages once they arrived in Vrindavan. Only a few rare souls got the opportunity to leave their bodies in Vrindavan with full support.
With the strong desire of Giriraj Swami, Radhanath Swami, Sangita Devi Dasi, Krsnacandra Mafatlal and many other dedicated volunteer doctors and loyal supporters who took up the monumental task of building the beautiful 40,000 square foot inpatient hospice facility in the holy land of Vrindavan, eventually, in August 2010, the Bhaktivedanta Hospice opened its doors.
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