If it is known here, there is truth. If it is unknown here there is great loss.
The wise, realising divinity in all beings leave the world with immortality.

Iha ched avedid atha satyam asti
Na ched thaanvedin mahati vinashtih
Bhuteshu bhuteshu vichintya dhiraah
Pretyaasmal lokaad amritaa bhavanti

– Kena Upanishad 2.5

Unlike the Abrahamic traditions, there is no eternal damnation or eternal heaven after a single life in Hindu thought. Rather the belief is that our soul reincarnates again and again according to our karma. This should remove the urgency to awaken, for a human birth is considered a precious gift. This verse serves as a prompt not to postpone the pursuit for the highest truth. It will be a great loss to waste this human life favouring many activities that do not ultimately bring us joy over the search for true goal of life. A realisation of this knowledge brings immortality where one sees God in every living being.

May I not waste precious time pursuing unnecessary desires that will not ultimately bring happiness. Time is important and every moment is an opportunity for realising and serving God within all living beings.

Hanuman Dass's blogs directly here. He is founder of Godharmic.com as is the co-author of The Power of Dharma and The Eternal Path

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