What is death actually? What happens to those who have died or “passed away”? Where do they pass away to? This post is my realization and I don’t ask anyone to accept it as the absolute truth. I only ask that you enquire unto the absolute truth yourself, and then do something about it. We won’t be here forever; all this – me, you, others even Srila Gurudeva and this internet cyber space will sooner than later stop existing as it is and change into something new. Maybe things change so much that we say that one thing has died and another thing is reborn. As followers of vedic theology this is certainly true of people; that is we believe in reincarnation.
But why do you need to die? As believers in God and religion we accept that there is also a heaven and hell and many types of hellish planets in fact. I think there are many reasons people die apart from the obvious (old age, disease, accidents, murder, natural disasters, etc). So why do people die? Simple; the divine nature of the Lord stops keeping him/her in its grace or shelter. That is, divinity arranged for your death. I know it sounds a bit crude, but everyone knows that that’s the truth, don’t you think? I know that I’ve heard it many times, “why did God let my child/spouse/parent die?” and then just “WHY??”
Unless you’re a devotee or trying to be a devotee your time is limited. This is not a place for eternal relationships. This is planet Earth, a place we are told is the best for spiritual realization and advancement. Indeed it is said that even the denizens of heaven desire to be born on Earth for this purpose- to serve God and become something more than they were yesterday. Not actually to accumulate wealth and make happy families and as many friends as possible.
So, how to cheat death? Get on the good side of God! More scientifically you need to burn up your negative reactions. All the sins you have done weigh heavy on your head. The best thing you can do is pray to God that “let my reactions come quickly and under Your grace as favourably as possible so I can become purified asap”.
If you do this sooner than later in life and become a devotee, then you avoid what Lord Krishna refers to (in BG) as the worst fate and the worst fear- hell. If you succeed in passing through most of your purifications and stay determined on the religious path, then eventually you will become twice born and very fortunate.