THE IMPORTANCE OF THE HUMAN BODY
Wealth, friends, property, and even wife if lost, can be
acquired again, but the human body is not like that; once
it goes, it can never be got back, no matter how hard one
may try. Human life is most precious, highly sacred, beautiful
and invaluable. It is therefore the prime duty of every individual
to take the greatest possible care of the body. The body is
an indispensable vehicle for experiences. Without it nothing
can be done, not even a simple task. The human body is, therefore,
more precious than worldly wealth and such other material
acquisitions. Life must be sanctified by making proper use
of the body and engaging it in sacred actions. Time gone will
never come back. Once the Ganges merges in the ocean, you
cannot get back even a drop of its sacred water. Likewise,
once life ebbs out and the body is gone, it cannot be recovered.
The human body is also a clock marking time and the passage
of life. It ticks away the seconds, minutes, days, weeks,
months, and years. Man knows that life is ticking away and
yet he does not bother to enquire about the real purpose of
life. No one can say when the clock will stop. It is, therefore,
most essential to make proper use of life while it is still
available. The body is the vehicle for the journey of life.
If the vehicle is not properly maintained, then one must be
prepared to face serious problems on the way.
body has been gifted in order to serve others. You must firmly
resolve not only to take care of yourself but also others.
Unfortunately, man today does not know what service means.
The essence of all the eighteen Puranas
can be summarized in two short sentences: Help Ever. Hurt
Though God has given the body for service man does not seem
to understand what help means, being ever immersed in selfishness.
Every thought, every word, and every action is driven by selfishness.
Man has become a puppet in the hands of selfishness and self-interest.
How can a puppet ever be called independent? Selfishness must
therefore be totally rejected and selflessness must be wholeheartedly
embraced. Then alone would the real purpose of the human body
and human life be realized.
You must make an effort to realize that the body is just an
instrument given to you for a specific purpose, and must further
understand that purpose. The body must be used only for performing
good deeds. You must lead a virtuous life. In the end, you
must give up the body with good thoughts. Do not assume that
the body has been given for enjoyment, comfort seeking, beautification,
and useless pursuits of that nature. Indulgence in pleasure
seeking, comfort and luxury can be dangerous. God has not
given this body for indulgence.
Safeguard your body by all means and take full care of your
health, but use your body solely to perform good actions