What is survival of the fittest when all of us are going to turn to humus in the near future?
In this world of forms and names, where earth turns into mud pot and mud pot turns to earth, what is permanent?
The present birth is just the soul’s sojourn as it transmigrates from one body to another!
In the rat race of materialism, let us not forget to give the soul a higher sojourn during the ever-continuing transmigration process as mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita:
dehino ‘smin yatha dehe
kaumaram yauvanam jara
dhiras tatra na muhyati
“As the embodied soul continually passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. The self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change”-
Bhagavad Gita 2.13(https://asitis.com/2/13.html)
As I said, our status and positions are just mere designations and are subject to change at any time, just like the flickering of a lamp.
In the conversation between King Rahoguna and Jada Bharath in Srimad Bhagavatham, Jada Bharath states this:
“My dear King, you have unnecessarily accused me of being dead though alive. In this regard, I can only say that this is the case everywhere because everything material has its beginning and end. As far as your thinking that you are the king and master and are thus trying to order me, this is also incorrect because these positions are temporary. Today you are a king and I am your servant, but tomorrow the position may be changed, and you may be my servant and I your master. These are temporary circumstances created by providence.” –
Srimad Bhagavatham 5.10.11(https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/5/10/11/)
It has also been said that:
“The almighty God can bestow upon anyone the kingdom of the universe from a very small beginning, and similarly He can take away the kingdom of the universe on the plea of begging a small piece of land.”
Srimad Bhagavatham 1.3.19 purport (https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/1/3/19/)
The saint point Thiruvalluvar aptly says:
நாளென ஒன்றுபோற் காட்டி உயிரீரும்
வாள துணர்வார்ப் பெறின்
Naallena Ondruporr kaatti uyireerum
Vaalla thunarvaarp perin
“Time, which shows itself (to the ignorant) as if it were something (real), is in the estimation of the wise (only) a saw which cuts down life.” –
Thirukkural 334, Chapter: Transience (http://www.thirukkural.com/2009/01/blog-post_6973.html#337)
I am just trying to stress the impermanence of this material existence through the above quotes from our scriptures.
It therefore makes sense to nourish the permanence, the soul.