Today had been to see the mortal remains of a departed soul – How strange it feels to refer to this known person as “soul”, “mortal remains”.
I knew this person well, but had not met for a couple of years now, unfortunately this person had become a victim of one of the dreaded diseases on the planet. I paid my respects and tried to do some small talk with the most dear ones. I kept thinking about how luxurious a life this person had, no worries about wealth, love and affection, but health was the only score which failed here. It pained me to think that this person though with good finances was battling the disease, yet nothing could be done to overcome it and all the wealth, the caring people are all left behind.
I recently read a saying, “It is what we do while we are Here that is important and not what we Have”… so true isn’t it. We can have enormous amount of wealth, friends and so on… but nothing or none can change our destiny or come along with us. But what we do here,stays with us and also behind us forever.
But, the what we do is also important. We may do plenty of social service, which will remain and go down in memories of people — yes, go down, since with passage of time, people and their causes are forgotten and memories are diluted. So, what then is that we have to do which stays with “US”, the “Soul”.
It is time now to realise that this “Soul” cannot be destroyed and also that it has repeated cycle of Birth and Death… yes, we will continue to be born again and again… maybe as Humans or as any other living being and the cycle of learning and educating ourselves starts all over once again. But, what we have done in our past, i.e. in terms of spiritual advancement continues to be with us all through in all births. After all we are carrying Krsna seated in our hearts always in all forms of our births!!!
I prayed for the departed soul and hoped that the soul had been enlightened, self realised in this birth so that the onward journey would be easier and it would reach it’s ultimate destination – the Lord’s Lotus feet.