The dying person has the rope already spun and twisted round his neck. Yama has only to come and pull! Man spins the rope by every act of his during all the years of his life, now or in the past.
All acts done with egoism, self-interest, an eye on the beneficial consequences, the fruits, give a little more length, a stronger twist, to that rope. Good deeds done in a dedicatory spirit do not add to the length or strength of the rope. They give peace and happiness in plenty.
The Law of Karma holds out hope for you; as the karma, so the consequence. Do not bind yourself further by seeking the fruit of karma. Offer the karma at the Feet of God; let it glorify Him, let it further His splendor. Be unconcerned with the success or failure of the endeavor. Then, death can have no noose to bind you. Death will come as a liberator, not jailor.
Reference: Sathya Sai Speaks; Vol. V, P. 125.
Sathya Sai Speaks; Vol. VI, P. 55