Posted by Devarsi on July 9th, 2013
As the embodied soul continually passes, in this body, from boyhood
to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death.
The self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change.
One should pray to the Lord to be able to chant His holy name at the time of death:
[The priests at King Nabhi's sacrifice to Lord Visnu]: Dear Lord, we may not be able to remember Your name, form and qualities, due to stumbling, hunger, falling down, yawning or being in a miserable diseased condition at the time of death when there is a high fever. We therefore pray unto You, O Lord, for You are very affectionate to Your devotees. Please help us remember You and utter Your holy names, attributes and activities, which can dispel all the reactions of our sinful lives.
The real success in life is ante narayana−smrtih−remembering the holy name, attributes, activities and form of the Lord at the time of death. Although we may be engaged in the Lord's devotional service in the temple, material conditions are so tough and inevitable that we may forget the Lord at the time of death due to a diseased condition or mental derangement. Therefore we should pray to the Lord to be able to remember His lotus feet without fail at the time of death, when we are in such a precarious condition.
- Srimad Bhagavatam 5.3.12