|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||
Special Value of the Human Body
“As we all know, four things are common to all the creatures, viz. food, sleep, fear and sexual union. In the case of man, he is endowed with a special faculty, viz. knowledge, with the help of which he can attain God-vision, which is impossible in any other species. It is for this reason that Gods envy human species and aspire to be born as men on earth, so as to get their final deliverance.
Some say, that there is nothing worse than the human body, which is full of filth, mucus, phlegm and dirt, and which is subject to decay, disease and death. This is true to a certain extent; but inspite of these drawbacks and defects, the special value of the human body is – that man has got the capacity to acquire knowledge. It is only due to the human body, or on account of it, that one can think of the perishable and transitory nature of the body itself and of the world, and have aversion for sense-enjoyments, and can discriminate between the unreal and the real, and thus attain God-vision.
So, if we reject or neglect the body because it is filthy, we lose the chance of God-vision, and if we indulge it, and run after sense-enjoyments, because it is precious, we go to hell. The proper course, therefore, for us to pursue is the following; that the body should neither be neglected nor fondled, but should be properly cared for, just as a traveler on horse-back takes care of his horse on the way, till he reaches his destination and returns home. Thus the body should ever be used or engaged to attain God-vision or self-realization, which is the supreme end of life.
It is said that, though God created various kinds of creatures, He was not satisfied, for none of them was able to know and appreciate His work. So he had to create a special being – Man, and endow him with a special faculty, viz. Knowledge; and when He saw that man was able to appreciate His Leela – marvellous work and intelligence. He was highly pleased and satisfied. (Vide, Bhagawat 11-9-28). So really, it is fortunate to get a human body, better still to get birth in a Brahmin family, and best, to get an opportunity of being colse to Sai Baba’s Feet and surrendering to Him.”
– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Chapter VIII)
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