Every time I see someone suffer, someone in pain, someone dying or dead, it makes me think about the temporary nature of my own body, and thus the temporary nature of my life.
In the past few weeks, I have seen people suffer in pain, I have seen them die, and that always makes me sad. You may think that after 7-8 years of meditation and reflection I ought to be stronger than that. But, it still pains me to see anyone else in pain.
At such times I wish I could do something to reduce their pain. So, I try to be as compassionate and helpful to them, in as many ways as I possibly can.
But later, when I reflect upon such events, they also make me feel grateful for the health I have. They remind me to be more rigorous in my meditation practice while my body and mind are still in good health.
You, too, should think and meditate upon such thoughts, as these are the events, as I have experienced from several sad and harsh moments in my life, that advance you ahead in knowing yourself and understanding the true nature of life itself.
Most of us miss the deeper meaning of life, when we let our desires and our ego rule us. At such times, instead of being grateful for what we have, we become greedy for what we don’t have.
Because of our desires and ego, we attach so much importance to our own thoughts, our own feelings, and our own ego in everything we do, and for what purpose? Only to leave this body someday, which starts to rot the moment you let go your last breath.
Our pain and suffering exist to remind us how fragile our body is, and no matter how much you exercise or how strict a diet you keep, the truth is, your body will decay with time. Accept this, and be grateful if you are in good health today, for this is the best time for you to observe and understand things while your mind is still healthy and is capable of understanding things bigger than itself.
Be grateful that you are not the one who is suffering today, and see what you can do today to reduce the suffering of others on this planet. Be kind and gentle towards every living form who is not as fortunate as you today.
Spend the next few minutes reflecting upon this, and in being grateful for everything you have.
Thank you for your time.