(Inspired by talks by Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa)
Make your way through this impermanent, transitory life in whatever way you can, keeping the goal of worshiping the Lord foremost in your minds.
Don’t abandon this goal, even in the face of hundreds of dangers, insults, or persecutions.”
Shrila Bhaktisiddanta Sarasvati Thakur 1874-1937
The allure of this world can be overwhelming. We are spirit souls living within material bodies. There is matter all around. It is easy to forget we are only here temporarily and that this is not our real home.
It is seductive to think we can be happy here, because there is some happiness here. But it is temporary happiness; it does not last. At some stage in our lives all that we are attached to – family, friends, house, our possessions – will be taken from us at death.
We do not like to think about losing someone close to us, so how much more pain is there when everyone and everything we love is taken from us? That’s what death is!
I need to obtain my happiness from something that is non-changing – that something is God’s love. This does not mean I cannot love others, but during this life I need to develop my love for God. Then my love for others becomes spiritual love. I simultaneously love God and all others as His children, His beloved servants.
If I can do this, then at the time of leaving this world, I will have no fear of leaving the temporary behind.