The king story: Katvanga Maharaja and his last 24 minutes!

The king story: Katvanga Maharaja and his last 24 minutes!

Once upon a time there was a war between the demigods and the demons.

The demigods came to earth, to India, where there was a powerful king named Khatvanga Maharaja. They requested him to help them- to become their general, their commander.

He told them, “Yes I am coming.”

And he went to the battlefield. It was a very big war, and at last the king defeated the demons. Some of them were killed, and the rest fled away.

All the demigods then requested the king, “Whatever boon you want, we will give you. We will give you anything you want.”

The King said, “Actually, I want salvation from this world, and I want to serve the Supreme Personality of Godhead.”

The demigods said, “We are not able to give you that. You can ask for another boon.”

The King then said, “Then you should tell me when my death will come.”

They replied, “Very soon; in 24 minutes!!!”

He therefore requested that, “At once you should take me to India, to earth.” And they did so
When the king arrived, half of the time was gone and only 12 minutes remained.

He sat in a lotus position like a muni, and concentrated on the lotus-feet of Krishna. Thus, in a moment, he was liberated; and he had a chance to serve the lotus-feet of Krishna.

He went to spiritual world.
( This story is from Šrimad Bhagavatam 2 canto )

Moral of the story:

We are not so fortunete as Maharaja Khatvanga to know when we well die. So better every moment surender to Krishna. Even a moment can give us all perfection; but what are we doing?

We are not engaged in pure bhakti. We have so many requirements-worldly requirements. In order to maintain our life we are busy in so much not essensial things. We are very busy to solve our material problems.

As much as we try to solve these problems, however, the more problems are coming like waves of the ocean-one by one. We consider, “Oh, if I cross this one, everything will be alright.” But instead we see that, “Oh, now there are more problems!”

So don’t try to do all this. What should we do? We should chant and remember Krishna. Thus, automatically all the waves of problems will be solved, and life-maintaining will also be accomplished. Everything will be done.

We should only try to solve the problem of how to attain the service of Krishna, and especially how to attain Vraja-bhakti.

If you want a little money, you can attain it by very little effort. However, if you want the highest thing, you’ll have to do so much effort. It will not be quickly achieved.

And what is that highest thing?

Prema-bhakti. You will have to give your precious time-everything-for this. You will have to be a street beggar, and there is no harm in that.

Even krishna show how to meditate. Every morning when he wake up he mediatate on himself! But we must meditate on him! He is Supeme and he show we need to meditate on Supreme.

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

PS: I humbly request all the devotees to please forward and share this moral / instructive stories they hear so that everyone can be benefitted by hearing about Krishna and his dear devotees.