Children, life and death are two sides of the same coin. Death is with us every moment. Each breath we take could be our last; we never know. Hence, every moment of life is precious and invaluable.
Only the present moment is in our hands. It is silly to dream about things we will do tomorrow. “What will happen tomorrow?” is a question without an answer. Counting on tomorrow is like adding four and four and hoping to get nine. Without worrying about the future, we should use the present moment wisely.
Once a disciple asked his guru, “O Guru! Please give me some advice.” It was dusk. As soon as he heard the question, the guru started seriously writing something in the candlelight. The disciple again asked, “Guru! Please give me some advice.” Pretending he did not hear that also, the guru continued writing. This was repeated several times. Finally, the guru stopped writing. At that very moment, the last of the candle melted away.
The disciple asked, “Why haven’t you answered me, even though I’ve asked you several times?”
The guru responded, “I did reply to your question.”
The disciple said, “I did not hear your response.”
The guru said, “My action was the answer to your question. I knew that the candlelight would go out at any moment. Either the candle would melt away, or it will blow out in the wind. So, I continued doing my work without wasting a single moment. Similarly, the light of life can blow out at any moment. Hence, we should make use of every moment with utmost focus and awareness. That was my answer.”
We only have this present moment. It is like money in our hands. We can spend it any way we wish, but if do so without discrimination, we will not gain all that we can. We may be able to earn back money we have lost, but we can never regain time lost. Hence, every moment strive to awaken your discriminative intellect and move forward in the journey of our life.
Amma, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi