and lived in one city, lastly he lived in Chennai with us dissolved as ashes in Bay of Bengal. My mother born in one village married my father in another place, lived with my father in another city but last her breath in Chennai . Similarly my wife born in one place, did her education, job and marry me in another city later she lived with me and last her breath in Chennai. So, we do not know when and where our destiny written but in spite of this we flight ourselves for this and that without knowing that 'we are not going to take any single bit with us during our last journey.
Our religious texts and Gurus have given us ample teachings on this regard.
Adi Sankaracharya's "Bhaja Govindam' deals on in this subject in a simple and direct way easy for us to understand.
In one of the stanzas, there is a mention ' Gataviti vaayo dehaapaaye, bhaaryaa bhibhyati tasmin kaaye'- That is, once the breathing stops, (person is dead) even the darling spouse who had slept with the person till yesterday , now fears on seeing the (dead) body.
Just as we came empty handed, we go back also empty handed, alone. That does not mean that we need not possess any worldly assets or relations. It is that one should not be extremely, possessively attached. There should be a detached attachment keeping in mind that we are all mortals with a certain assigned time in this world. So we should do good during the life time so that our virtues and goodness remain and remembered.
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All that we have made during our life time will not come to save our life, as death is inevitable. But that doesn't mean we have to be idle throughout our life. We have only one life and one day we will leave this place, so enjoy the life, love others and do good things. Heaps of money, fame or popularity cannot save us from death.
Like the author said, we will regret during the old age but then it will be too late.
"Do not give up, things might not favour you always"
In our system instead of ending in six foot soil, many end up as a bowlfull of ash. However the ending must be always in our mind so that our selfish life style could be changed. There is a famous Malayalam film song sung by late Kamukara Purushothaman which highlights this. "Illa jathikal, bheda vicharam, ivite pukkava oru Kai charam. Mannavanaatte yaachakanaatte, vannitumotuvil vanchitha natuvil".( no caste differentiation, here it is a bowl of ash. Whether a king or a begger end up at this pyre).
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Rich get a swift and an easy death. While poor struggle to their last breath and give up on life.
Rich and poor aren't statuses, they are two different worlds.
Then why should we settle for less? What is wrong with being ambitious? What is wrong in struggling for the luxuries you never had?
I don't think a person should be content to what he has. Because such people cannot survive in this constantly changing world.
Six feet down the ground isn't what I aim for. I want a seat beside Gods in the heavens.
The stronger a light shines the darker are the shadows around it.