Once you realize the preciousness of your human life
and the potential you have for inner freedom, you turn
to the second theme: impermanence. This human life
with all its potential is precious, and it’s
also temporary. You will die.
Why does such a somber
theme follow immediately after "this
precious human life," such
an upbeat one?
Do you tend to think
that things as they are now will
always be? Ten years ago could you
ever being the age you are now? If
you’re not sick
now, do you feel you’ll never be sick, even though all around you are people
who have illnesses, often grave ones? Have people close to you died younger than “expected”?
If yes, do you assume that can’t, won’t happen to you?
Reflecting upon how transitory life is, we
know very well that some of our plans may not
come to pass. We have no idea at what time
we actually will die. We come to know for sure
that we are going to die. All beings die.
reflect on the immediacy of our death through
the three roots:
You will die - certainly
There is no certainty when you will die
When you do die the core of your being
is what you will take with you