“It’s not how gloriously one live but how gloriously one dies. If he dies crying, if he dies evacuating, this is not glorious. And then, if one dies chanting Hare Krishna leaves his body in through devotion, peaceful, that is glorious, that is human life. People do not understand, they think a person’s greatness is in how he is living; we say that the person’s greatness is not only in how he is living, how he is dying. That is the ultimate test. That would show that, how actually he lived. This Krishna Conscious movement is to form people into the perfect life and a perfect death, which means eternal life.”

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami
5th November 1980
Bangalore, Karnataka, India