Episode # 348 – Important lessons to learn from our “transient” & “impermanent” human body!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed key learnings from the twenty-third and the twenty-fourth items respectively – “Urnanaabhihi” (A spider) & “Supeshakrith” (A type of bee). We’ve witnessed how Bhagawan creates this entire universe with His will and wish, and how He also destroys the world again according to His will and wish – Just like how a spider creates and spins its web beautifully, only to pull it back and take it to another place eventually. Similarly, just like how the bee stings its prey repeatedly to bring it into its fold, Bhagawan too stings His devotees time and again to bring them to His fold, ultimately to take them towards the highest “Moksha”. On the other hand, if we let the “Samsaara” sting us, we would only start drifting away from our spiritual path and from Bhagawan’s fold. We should be careful with this as well.

As the Sanyasin completes his accord thus, King Yadu wasn’t very convinced. He asks back thus, “Oh Sanyasin! Excellent lessons! However, you’ve only covered twenty-four out of the twenty-five different items. I feel there’s something missing! Please talk about it too!” Upon King Yadu’s request, the Sanyasin now talks about the twenty-fifth item, which is none other than himself and his physical body! The Sanyasin explains thus, “Oh Yadu! The biggest lesson that I learn from my physical body is that it is never permanent and it keeps on changing its form and shape every minute and every second. Hence, there is no point in spending so much of time and effort in maintaining this body and beautifying it. Of course, this “Shareera” will always be with us, but all it does to us is giving troubles every time – Right from birth to death. More than the physical discomforts that the body gives, our sense organs continue to run uncontrollably towards worldly desires, which is the worst ever thing that can happen. All these running is triggered by another uncontrollable mad monkey called mind. If we try and control our mind through some ways and means, it is only going to find its own short-cuts to escape and again start running behind worldly affairs. Upon seeing the mind run, all our sense organs would again start running crazily behind it. This is how transcient the human body is. Finally when it becomes old, it gets into all sorts of physical problems and troubles and we’ve to experience so much of pain because of that. Ultimately, this entire physical body is only going to take us towards destruction and disaster if we give too much importance to it! This is my biggest learning from this “Shareera” and we’ve to be very careful about it!”

Thus, the Sanyasin concludes his accord by saying that these are the twenty-five different items that I learn my daily lessons from. The Sanyasin continues thus “Oh Yadu! From this accord, I’m sure you would have understood why human beings do not have peace of mind at the end of the day, although we might have so much of luxuries around us. Only if we practice detachment at some point or the other, we would be able to find happiness from within us. This is the same reason why you were also not able to find happiness from within. If you get too much attached to your physical body, or to people around you, you’re only inviting trouble and unhappiness at some stage in your life! You’ve not yet understood this lesson, and hence you’re unhappy. Whereas, I’ve understood the nuances of this lesson and hence, I’m always happy from within myself!”

Thus with this, this long “Charitra” comes to an end. It should be remembered that this entire “Charitra” is being narrated by Bhagawan Krishna to Uddhava, on lessons of detachment. Next, Bhagawan is going to narrate another important advice that He had given to Bhagawan Brahma a long time ago. We shall wait for this important “Charitra” till the next episode. With this, we also come to the end of the “Day 6” of the Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana “Saptaaham”. We’ve already witnessed how this entire text is split into seven different parts (Saptaaham) for seven different days. So till now, we’ve completed six out of the seven parts. We have just one more part to go, and we shall commence that in tomorrow’s episode! Stay tuned! 🙂

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Bharatidhasan Institute of Management (BIM) Trichy, India A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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