“The dweller in the body of everyone is eternal,” says the
Gita. It is unwise to grieve over the inevitable loss of the
body and the advice is to be concerned about the welfare
of the immortal atma within. Many have expressed their
views on this issue.
The argument put forth by some runs thus: ‘Is it
worthwhile to attach any importance at all to the
perishable body which is a burden to the soul?’
Saint Tirumoolar mulls over this unique blend in every
being and ofers his solution to the dilemma facing all,
pointed out Dr. Sudha Seshaiyan in a discourse.
The saint confesses that he had regarded the body as full
of faults. But he soon realises the all-pervading presence of
the infinite Lord in the very soul that the body houses. He
looks upon this phenomenon in a new angle. Is not the
body a temple in which the infinite Lord resides? By taking
care of it, the life of the Lord in it is also protected. It is
God’s unique gift to each one.
The purpose of attaining the body is to attain realisation.
One’s lifetime becomes meaningless if when the body dies,
the soul has failed to gain awareness of its immortal nature.
So Tirumoolar advises that when the life is still within
the body, one has to aim to achieve the purpose of the
body, namely attaining realisation.
The value of the body becomes clear when one strives to
be ever aware of the soul within the body as the very
presence of the infinite Almighty.
Inner purity is gained when one directs the mind that
strays to worldly objects towards the indwelling Lord.
This mental discipline or yoga confers insight or
wisdom that can free one from further births and evil