Wednesday, February 4, 2009

impermanence of human life

As I was contemplating on the impermanence of life, I recognized the fact that there is nothing that does not change.Things change, decay, die or transform into something else. The process of change is continuous. When you think of human body, you know this journey of life.” From the human body, cells split, grow and die incessantly. Through the processes, the cells transform an egg and a sperm into a cute baby; a baby into a youthful teenager; a teenager into a loving, beautiful young woman; a young woman into a delicate wife and an adorable mother; and then, all traits of beauty of an energetic life eventually fade away and are replaced by a frail, unpleasant silhouette waiting for disintegration. How pitiful and ephemeral human life is!.......This Law of Impermanence, thus, applies to all beings. No one can escape it. Because it is an eternal truth.”
There was another way of looking at this change as I saw in a blog where the blogger felt that we are living the life cycle backwards. He tells that we should die first and get it out of the way.I will put it in his own words.”The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean, life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time. What do you get at the end of it? A Death! What’s that, a bonus? I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should die first, get it out of the way. Then you live in an old age home. You get kicked out when you’re too young, you get a gold watch, you go to work. You work forty years until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement. You do drugs, alcohol, you party, you get ready for high school. You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you go back into the womb, you spend your last nine months floating …and you finish off as an orgasm.”
Either way one thing is certain. “This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds .To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance. A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky, rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain”. Buddha

I hope this is food for thought


  1. change is the unchanging change of nature

    yes food for thought indeed..........hunger satiated.

    nice one thanks

  2. Thanks .You have pithily summarised in your short comment what I wanted to express

  3. A well-written post. It is only the body that dies; the soul moves on to the next phase of the journey. Best wishes.

  4. True, the soul is immortal and keeps moving till it merges with the Ultimate.Thanks for the nice comments

  5. The best way is to enjoy every part of your life and welcome it with open arms, what has to be , will cant stop anything. The only way out is to enjoy each moment as it comes and accept unhappiness aswell coz its never permanent..nothing is.
    A real food for thought indeed!

  6. I agree with you,Sana.Thanks for visiting my blog

  7. Clock wise or anti clock wise the life cycle would have the same rhythm. Well said Sir, "To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance."
    May be the actions of eternal being is a perfect song or dance on which the whole creation is acting upon...