I was reading that page above and looked through the big list of pets that American Presidents kept with them during their tenure at the White House. From hippos to alligators to cats and dogs they all received their chance to be close to the “Most Powerful” man and live in a secure, comfortable and loving environment.
Before they became these animals, what kind of desires and karmas did they have? They must have really wanted to be a president or were overly attached to the White House. They could have been past and close staff, enemies & friends of the property, the President and their families. Maybe, they could have been living somewhere else in the globe but had a strong desire to be the President of the USA. And when they were on their death-bed, these desires took over as they breathed their last. Then what happened?
Bhagavad-gita As It Is 8.6
yam yam vapi smaran bhavam
tyajaty ante kalevaram
tam tam evaiti kaunteya
yam yam — whatever; va api — at all; smaran — remembering; bhavam — nature; tyajati — gives up; ante — at the end; kalevaram — this body; tam tam — similar; eva — certainly; eti — gets; kaunteya — O son of Kunti; sada — always; tat — that; bhava — state of being; bhavitah — remembering.
Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his body, O son of Kunti, that state he will attain without fail.
The process of changing one’s nature at the critical moment of death is here explained. A person who at the end of his life quits his body thinking of Krsna attains the transcendental nature of the Supreme Lord, but it is not true that a person who thinks of something other than Krsna attains the same transcendental state. This is a point we should note very carefully. How can one die in the proper state of mind? Maharaja Bharata, although a great personality, thought of a deer at the end of his life, and so in his next life he was transferred into the body of a deer. Although as a deer he remembered his past activities, he had to accept that animal body. Of course, one’s thoughts during the course of one’s life accumulate to influence one’s thoughts at the moment of death, so this life creates one’s next life. If in one’s present life one lives in the mode of goodness and always thinks of Krsna, it is possible for one to remember Krsna at the end of one’s life. That will help one be transferred to the transcendental nature of Krsna. If one is transcendentally absorbed in Krsna’s service, then his next body will be transcendental (spiritual), not material. Therefore the chanting of Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare is the best process for successfully changing one’s state of being at the end of one’s life.