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[Posted March 26, 2007]

Standard of Care for One's Elderly Parents

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

Mary Rose Derks and daughter
Jacqueline Wheeler and her mother, Mary Rose Derks
Srila Prabhupada
New York Times - Mon 26 March 2007 - CHARLES DUHIGG Aged, Frail and Denied Care by Their Insurers

When Mrs. Derks bought her long-term-care policy from a door-to-door salesman in 1990, she was unaware that she represented the insurance industry’s newest gold mine.

Her husband had died eight years earlier of a stroke, leaving her to run a barley farm in northern Montana, where she lived with her three children and her aging mother. As she watched her own parent decline, Mrs. Derks became preoccupied with sparing her children the expense of her final years.

“She was terrified that she would bankrupt us or get sent to a public nursing home,” said Ken E. Wheeler, her son-in-law.
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[At the age of 11, Krishna killed Kamsa, who had imprisoned Krishna's father and mother, as well as Krishna's grandfather, King Ugrasena. Krishna then sought out His parents, and on releasing them, spoke the words below. There is no question of God owing anything to anyone, but being bound by the love of His devotees, Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, otherwise known as the Father of all living beings, received the adoration of Vasudeva and Devaki expressed in the mood of parental love. Thus He accepted them as His father and mother, assuming the role of their human child, even though His activities were extraordinary, beyond that of any human being. Krishna became the ideal son just to set the example for human society, and His words, spoken 5,000 years ago and immortalized in the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam, were spoken for the benefit of the human race for all time.]

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KRSNA: The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Chapter 2
Family in Perspective

"Who is my Father? Who is my Mother?" Hansadutta das

just as travelers at an inn meet for some time during their meal and when their meals are finished again go their separate ways, similarly, living entities are brought together by the force of karma in family relationships, communal relationships and national relationships and then are again separated by time. All the relationships in connection with this temporary material body are also temporary. Our permanent identity is in connection with Krishna. more

Krishna said, "Unfortunately, being ordered by Our fate, We could not be raised by Our own parents to enjoy childhood pleasures at home. My dear father and mother, a man has a debt to pay to his parents, from whom he gets this body which can bestow upon him all the benefits of material existence. According to the Vedic injunction, this human form of life enables one to perform all kinds of religious activities, fulfill all kinds of desires and acquire all kinds of wealth. And only in this human form is there every possibility that one can get liberation from material existence. This body is produced by the combined efforts of the father and mother. Every human being should be obliged to his parents and understand that he cannot repay his debt to them. If, after growing up, a son does not try to satisfy his parents by his actions or by an endowment of riches, he is surely punished after death by the superintendent of death and made to eat his own flesh. If a person is able to care for or give protection to old parents, children, the spiritual master, brahmanas and other dependents, but does not do so, he is considered to be already dead, although he is supposedly breathing. My dear father and mother, you have always been very anxious for Our protection, but unfortunately We could not render any service unto you. Up to date We have simply wasted Our time; We could not serve you for reasons beyond Our control. Mother and father, please excuse Us for Our sinful action."

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