Fleeting Nature of Life
fleeting nature of life in these verses selected from the Vairagrya
Prakarana of Yogavasishtham.
evanescent and fleeting as a drop of
water hanging from the tip of a leaf. It
leaves the body, at the oddest of times,
like a mad or intoxicated person.
those whose mind has been weakened by
attachment to sense objects which are like poisonous snakes and whose self-awareness
is shallow and weak.
firmly established in the all-pervading Brahman and are equally comfortable
with existence and non-existence, for them only life is full of happiness.
do not rejoice in this life of mine which darts like a flash of lightning in
the cloud of samsara (delusion).
possible to cleave the all-pervading Akasa or clothe the stormy winds or still
the waves that continuously arise on the surface of the (ocean) but one cannot
put one’s trust in this fleeting life.
lamp or ocean waves. It is as good as extinguished.
the moon in the waves, or the streak of lightning or the sky-lotus. But I cannot put my hope in life the
existence of which is already doomed.
longs for a long life only to court misery, like the pregnancy of ashwarataree
( an animal which can be delivered
of its offspring only by cutting open its stomach).
like this life with a creeper-like flimsy body being tossed about in the foaming
waters of the ocean of samsara.
which is attained whatever is to be
attained, by which one does not grieve
again and which is the abode of supreme peace and tranquillity – that alone can
be called life.
animals and birds also live. But a
person lives only when his mind has stopped running after the senses and is
turned inward and focused on the Self.
एव जगति जन्तवः साधुजीविताः।
पुनर्नेह जायन्ते शेषाजगरगर्दभाः ॥ १२॥
are only those who take birth in this world and lead a saintly life and are
never again born in this world. Others are pythons or donkeys.
शास्त्रं भारो ज्ञानं च रागिणः
मनो भारो भारोऽनात्मविदो वपुः ॥१३॥
the fool sastra is a burden.
Knowledge is a burden for those attached to sensual pleasures. The mind
is a burden for those who are never calm. The body is a burden for those