Sunday, July 26, 2009

Rented Apartments of God

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Whenever you take a house or an apartment on rent then you know that it is not your house & one day you shall have to vacate this, whenever, owner asks you to vacate this or you yourself make up your mind to leave it. That rented house is only for the time being & one day, some way or the other, you have to leave this. Meanwhile till you live in the rented house you pay the rent & same is the case with our body that we need to give our body regular food, breathing air etc. as rent to survive this. Similarly our body which is a gift of God is also just like that rented apartment in which we live during this life time & ultimately at death we need to leave it. Neither this body was ours before the birth, nor it shall be yours after it's death. As per Bhagwat Gita, Soul (Jeeva) which is a traveler in this universe moves from one body to the other.

"a-brahm-bhuvanan loka
punara vartino ajuna
mam upetya tu kauntey
punara janm na vidhyate" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter VIII verse 16)

"From the highest planet of Brahm Loka in the material world down to the lowest world, all are places of misery wherein a person's Soul (Jeeva) comes in repeated birth and death from time to time. But one who attains to to Me (God), O Arjuna, never takes birth again."

We all know that this body of ours shall perish or die in future & our soul shall leave this body apartment. But as per 'Bhagwat Gita', we in essence are different than this body & we in essence are that indestructible 'Soul. This 'Soul' is there in our body, different than the body, even when we are living right now. As per 'Bhagwat Gita -Chapter Two Verse - 22', our body is like our clothes that we wear on our body & after death these worn out clothes are dropped by the embodied soul . You in essence are a 'Soul' & this 'Soul' of yours shall wear another body (read, shall wear another pair of clothes) after death. So this eternal Soul which is indestructible, changes its present embodied form for another embodied form, when the physical body perishes.

So, your soul which is living in this body temple, shall leave it when this body shall be worn out. Till then you shall have to give it food etc. as rent & the day you stop giving it rent of food, air etc. you shall have to leave this body. Otherwise also the actual houses or homes of yours in which you live at present are all part & parcel of God's creation & you need to vacate this at death. So let's always remember that we all are living temporarily on this earth for a short period & one day we shall have to go leaving all this. So let's not get attached much to our relations & property etc. & devote more time in the service of God.

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