How foolish of man to think that he can conquer Me? Says Mother Earth.
“The good earth pities insolent kins and, as it were, says: ‘How foolish of man to think he can conquer me! Often man imposes self-control upon himself and then conquers other people, with his ambition to conquer continually expanding! How short-sighted, for self-control is meant only for attaining self-knowledge. Why does he not see that death is ever waiting to devour him? So many kings have endeavored to conquer me, and I have had the last laugh. They have disappeared, leaving only a story behind.’”
The Concise Srimad Bhagavatam
trans. by Swami Venkatesananda
For those of you who haven’t perused my book THE SCORPIO RING OF FIRE, in it I ask the question: “What if death is the most important part of life?” I ask that question in the spirit of the above quote from the Srimad Bhagavatam in which the Earth herself laughs at our attempts, individual and collective, to control the conditions of our life enough to live forever.
If we didn’t think that we could possibly somehow live forever (either as individuals or as a collective) then why else would we put so much effort and concern into preserving or extending the life of this body? What other motivation could lie deep underneath our science and our economics, etc.?
Yes, certainly, we are trying to live more comfortably, less exposed to the weather, etc. but why do we put such a high value on comfort (over such other things as peace of mind, goodwill towards others, etc.)? Could our bodies’ quest for more and more comfort be hiding a deeply seated hope that with enough comfort we can escape death? That maybe if we develop such an easy, soft, stress-free environment then our bodies wouldn’t wear out. Could we really be fooling ourselves and each other on such fundamental levels? If there is such a belief structure deep within us is it inherited? Certainly such beliefs don’t serve our collective interests, in fact, we could even conclude that such beliefs guarantee suffering in life when we fail to gain any lasting fulfillment by seeking the comfort and security of the body.
If we suddenly turn around and accept that our bodies cannot live forever and that the human species will someday go extinct then what goals in life are left to pursue? What are we supposed to do with these bodies if it is not to serve them, to champion them, to garner hope for their future? These are the questions that lead to the “Journey into the Heart of the Galactic Center” that I have entitled THE SCORPIO RING OF FIRE. The answers that I found might surprise you.