The physical body will surely be destroyed. Then, what is the use of decorating it with ornaments and silk clothes and partaking of many kinds of palatable dishes? The Atman alone is indestructible. Therefore, exert to realize the Atman.
Do you not know that this physical body, which at present rolls on a bed of fragrant flowers, will one day be burnt on logs of wood?
The wise, who know the Self as knowledge, bliss and existence, and also the physical body, which is full of blood, bones and flesh, will never take this filthy leather-bag as their true Self.
The body is the house, the intellect is the wife, the thoughts are the sons, the sixfold virtues are the friends, the senses are the servants. He is worldly who is attached to this house and has forgotten the abode of eternal bliss.
From "Daily Sayings" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on Swami Sivananda
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