Life is Short,
Difficult, Unknown & Surely Lethal!
Buddha once pointed out:
The life of mortals here is
unknown, without any guarantees and
it is always joined with the inherent misery of ageing, decay, sickness and
For there is no chance, that one born will not die! To die is the nature of
Just as for ripe fruit, there is constantly fear of falling, even so do all
constantly fear death. Just as clay-pots all break up sooner or later, even
so is the
life of all mortals. Whether young or old, foolish or wise, all of them will
When they are overcome by death, going from here to the next existence, no
neither father, son, or family can protect the
mortal, who is led away like a cow to
be slaughtered. And that even while
relatives are actually looking on...
This world is irreversibly infected by death, sickness and old age.
Knowing this as an
wise men do not
grieve, but accept this very fact just as it is.
Lamenting over a mortal is utterly
useless. One whose path one cannot
neither from where he came, nor where
he is going, cannot be helped by any moaning!
All wise can realize, that lamentation just harms oneself, serving no good
And this is true, whether it is oneself, or another, who is dying: Weeping
Sutta-Nipāta verses 574-583 Edited excerpt.
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of Death (Marana):