Our clock may stop, but time doesn’t – don’t waste time
Suppose we are working on a deadline-driven project. While we are racing against time, suppose our clock suddenly stops, giving us the illusory feeling that we have a lot of time.
Later, when we realize that the clock had stopped and that we had missed our deadline, we will feel foolish.
Our situation becomes similar when we forget our mortality. We all have a finite amount of time in our lives. From the moment of birth, we are inexorably moving toward death. Sometimes, we are aware of our inevitable mortality, but most of the time, we aren’t.
We are so caught in pursuing worldly pleasures and treasures that we don’t even think that we are running out of time. Nonetheless, whether we are aware or not, time is passing relentlessly, pushing us inexorably toward death.
The Bhagavad-gita (11.32) states that time is a manifestation of the divine, specifically as the all-devouring manifestation. Just as God’s will can’t be thwarted, the flow of time and the destruction it brings about can also not be thwarted.
Thankfully however, we can save ourselves from this destruction if we strive to do during our finite lifespan something that transcends destruction. The best such something is pursuing our spiritual evolution and help others pursue their spiritual evolution.
Gita wisdom explains that we all recoil from thoughts of our mortality because such thoughts are unnatural for us. Why unnatural? Because we are at our core indestructible spiritual beings, souls, who are parts of the supreme spiritual being, Krishna. By linking with him in love, we are meant to attain life in his abode where we relish eternity and ecstasy.
If we use our time to love and serve Krishna – and to center our whole life on such loving service – such time will be an investment that will give us the return of immortal life.
Think it over:
- Why do we forget our mortality?
- Why do we recoil from thoughts of our mortality?
- How can we best use our time?
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