This book provides information about death and dying in the HIndu, Vedic tradition,and it offers explanations for what happens to the living being – its entry into the present body,its sojourn within it,and its journey to its next destination – independant of any particular beliefs or cultural biases. According to Bhagavad-Gita,there are universal principles that apply toallsouls, in all places,and at all times.
Cultural and Philosophical Perspectives,
Caring for the Terminally Ill,
The Perspective of Caregivers,
The Perspective of Relatives,
Facing Death and
The Contributors include: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Giriraj Swami, Radhanath Swami, Ravindra Svarupa dasa, Bhakti Brnga Govinda Swami, Kriya-sakti dasi, Kesava Bharati dasa Goswami, Indradyumna Swami, Gopal Krishna Goswami, Padmanabha Goswami, Malati dasi, Sacinandana swami, Bhakti Tirtha Swami, and many others.
All of us can benefit from reading Life’s Final Exam. Its contents can fuel our own spiritual search, help us better understand our brethren from the Vedic tradition, and teach us much about life’s great mysteries. You will be glad you opened these pages!
—Porter Storey, MD, author of Primer of Palliative Care and the Unipac series.
Life’s Final Exam stands at the crossroads where the wisdom of spiritual tradition meets real human need. Death and dying do not respect sectarian boundaries, and it is wonderful to see the riches of Vaishnava Hinduism drawn upon to sustain ands console people embarked on this life’s final journey. Ministry to the sick and dying is today an increasingly inter-religious phenomenon, and this book is a welcome resource for departments of pastoral and hospice care.
—Francis X. Clooney, SJ, Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University
Life’s Final Exam opens a world of new insights into the mysteries of life, death, and what lies beyond. The book contains answers to life’s biggest questions seen through the eyes of love, devotion, and service. Giriraj Swami weaves the perennial wisdom of the Vedic tradition, which is not very well know in the West, with the practical experience and support for those working in hospice and for anyone who cares for others at the great threshold. Regardless of a person’s spiritual path, Life’s Final Exam offers fresh perspectives into what we all hope for and most cherish in life. Here is a new volume of the growing world library of The Books of Living and Dying.
—Richard Groves, founder of the Sacred Art of Living Center, author of The American Book of Living and Dying