04 - लब्ध्वा सुदुर्लभमिदं
Human is a rare birth
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लब्ध्वा सुदुर्लभमिदं बहुसम्भवान्ते
मानुष्यमर्थदमनित्यमपीह धीरः ।
तूर्णं यतेत न पतेदनुमृत्यु याव-
न्निःश्रेयसाय विषयः खलु सर्वतः स्यात् ।।
श्रीमद् भागवतम् ११.९.२९labdhvā sudurlabhamidaṁ bahusambhavānte
Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.9.29
After many births, this rare human body is obtained which although itself transient is conducive to attain the supreme welfare in human life. A wise, therefore, should without losing time endeavor for the supreme felicity before the body, which is constantly followed by death, falls; for sense enjoyments are available all around.
Points for Introspection:
Human life is very rare because only after many births one is blessed to get a human body.
The human life is very different from than that of all other living beings. For all other living beings, the life consists of eating, sleeping, reproducing and enjoying the sensual pleasures alone. But a human body is not meant only for that. It has a supreme purpose in life, that is to realize the Self, God or Brahman. Although this body itself is impermanent, through this body alone the supreme purpose is fulfilled.
Unlike other living beings, besides the senses, human beings are blessed with mind and intelligence and possess thinking and discriminating powers. Using the mind and intelligence, man should understand, the futility and perishable nature of this life; that the highest purpose of life is to strive for the realization of the Self which bestows supreme felicity opening the door to liberation.
We do not know when the body will fall, but fall it will. So, we should not delay in taking the pursuit to realize the Self. Without wasting time, till the body falls, one must keep on striving for nishreyasah – the supreme good in human life. Then alone human birth is fulfilled. One who follows this path is wise.
Chanting this shloka repeatedly generates in the mind the feeling of rarity of human birth.The mind feels grateful to the Lord that we have been given the opportunity to strive to attain the supreme goal. A strong conviction arises in the mind that life is limited and hence should not be wasted in unessential matters.