If we think of time as energy of God, growing old is blissful. Old age is when you are specially moulded by the Lord through His time energy. If we keep this spiritual dimension fixed in our lives, growing old can never bewilder us. The Srimad Bhagavatam describes the great warrior Bhismadev’s realizations on the influence of time. He declares the reversals afflicting Pandavas to be the working of Time:
“In my opinion, this is all due to inevitable time, under whose control everyone in every planet is carried, just as the clouds are carried by the wind.” (Srimad Bhagavatam 1.9.14)
A bhakti yogi is aware that material nature won’t change its laws just because we are chanting God’s names. However pious you are you have to suffer reversals in this material world because everything here is controlled by time. You have to grow old, get diseased and die. Our lives, possessions and positions are all tottering like a drop of water on a lotus petal. Besides, in our fast paced lives, things go wild and we’ve absolutely no clue of impending accidents or the sword of death that precariously dangles over our heads.
The path of bhakti yoga assures one thing for certain; as we are growing old or getting diseased or meeting with a fatal accident, God, Krishna is hundred per cent there for us. If we are sincere in our spiritual practises, God is absolutely there for us in life and death.
A bhakti practitioner welcomes old age because he or she is aware that while life is uncertain in this world and death could come at any time, old age is a time when the reality of death dawns deeply in our consciousness as an unavoidable phenomenon. The spiritualist is therefore cheerful because now he can be prepared.
A devotee is not bewildered or confused as he approaches death or when he sees the death of near and dear ones. He doesn’t ask why it is happening. He’s aware that we may never know why God allows certain things to happen in our lives but we can know for sure that our dear Lord certainly cares for the soul. Therefore life for a bhakti yogi simply means coming closer to God and death means assuredly reuniting with Him.