Is Praying to Krishna for early death or Long life allowed?
Actual Question from two male devotees:
(1) “Hk prabhu ji. we pray to krishna to give long life for someone in disease. why is it wrong to pray to kill us earlier if we are in pains?”
(2) Also isnt there any way as to ask god to kill us (i know you will answer that we are kids/grandkids of our lord) but then i have seen genuine good people been killed/died without any reason and people doing all bad things living a long life…isnt that atleast death should be my personal choice…
Do you expect that good people should live for ever?
It is not possible for anyone.
Everyone faces death in different ways according to their karma.
Some dies in young age, some in the middle age and some others after getting old.
(In Kaliyuga, How to follow Nishkam bhakti without asking help from Krishna? READ HERE!)
Sri Ramanujacharya, an avatar of Sri Renganatha (Krishna) lived his full life of 120 years.
Swami Vivekananda died even before at 39 itself. Why should he die in his young age?
Whom to blame?
They themselves are the cause for their time of death.
Some die in accidents, some die in suicide and many die naturally.
Thus, the time and mode of our death is determined as per our karma. Praying to Krishna for early death or Long life may be our right, but, bearing the karma is our intelligence.
Even in the case of mass killings like natural calamities/ pandemic, the people who even do not have the death date are allowed to die. They get good next birth.
A person may be good in this birth. This does not mean, he should have been a good guy in his previous birth also. In case he had been the cause for the death of a person of young age, he will also die in young age in this birth though he is a good person.
(How to escape from Karma and Get Krishna’s Love through Prayers? READ HERE!)
The age and mode of death does not depend on our activities of the present birth. It depends on our activities of previous births.
That is why, we have seen many good leaders dying in their young age itself.
No one can escape from the death alone. Krishna can give excuse from any other karma. But, He will never give immunity to you from death unless it is extremely necessary in His consideration.
Because, Krishna Himself will not frequently interfere in the karma network’s management.
There is a rule among gods that no one should give any boon to anyone as if he can never be killed. They give boons always with some conditions.
(Krishna Vs Others – Whom to Pray to get married? READ HERE!)
Next, you have asked whether we can pray for death to Krishna.
Same karma rules apply here too.
If you have been destined to live till 80, you will never die naturally before that age and moment unless you subject yourself to a calamity or pandemic.
You can not pray to Krishna to kill you. He will never kill you if you have age to live as per karma.
However, Krishna has given all of us some free will to decide our future course of actions with a condition that we should face the consequences.
By using that free will, one may commit suicide even in 30 and end his life even before his scheduled death date that comes, say in the age of 80.
(I am disappointed. What will happen if someone commits suicide? READ HERE!)
This means, he ends his life 50 years before his scheduled death date.
But, since he has 50 more years to live on this earth, his account will not be closed in the files of Chitragupta, the accountant in the Karma Network in the Yama’s world, just because he has committed suicide.
The doors will not be opened for him (the soul) in any world for 50 years till he attains the date of natural death.
Till that he has to wander as ghosts with hunger, thirst, desires, etc, but, unable to enjoy them.
Therefore, committing suicide is very sinful and painful.
(KARMA & SUICIDE: If karma decides suicide, why the person is punished with a ghost body? READ HERE!)
And, Krishna will never violate karma network’s rules and hence He will not kill us just because we cry.
We will die only when we are destined. So, praying to Krishna for early death or Long life may be helpful for our healing.
Suicide is the only option to die when we want, but, it is the most sinful one that gives hellish life and ghost life.
Therefore, do not think excessively and face the life boldly keeping Krishna in your heart.
Then, Is Praying to Krishna for early death or Long life not allowed at all?
Not so. We can pray for anything from Krishna because He is our Only hope. Praying is not wrong. Whenever we are suffering, it is natural for the suffering people to pray the God to take them earlier or to give them long life also.
Therefore, if it gives some healing, you can pray to Krishna. But, Krishna expects you to bear your karma and He gives you strength to bear the heat of the reactions of our karma.
A devotee will cross all the reactions of the destined karma successfully though it is painful. Krishna gives that strength for them.
Hope you are clear about praying to Krishna for early death or Long life.
(Is Changing Karma by prayers possible or not? READ HERE!)