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Smart Quote of the Day, September 27, 2015

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"One who properly prepares for the time of death is really intelligent, while one who thinks he can remain at home forever and enjoy the association of his wife and children is a fool."

Today's Smart Quote is from A Second Chance, Chapter 3, in the section entitled, "Death, a Critical Time of Life."

One who properly prepares for the time of death is really intelligent, while one who thinks he can remain at home forever and enjoy the association of his wife and children is a fool. In illusion a man thinks, "My bank balance, my nice house, and my family will protect me." But these cannot protect anyone. The Srimad-Bhagavatam (2.1.4) declares,


dehapatya-kalatradishv
atma-sainyeshv asatsv api
tesham pramatto nidhanam
pasyann api na pasyati

"One who is mad thinks, 'My strong body, my grown-up children, my good wife, and my bank balance will save me.' "We are simply struggling in this material world like soldiers fighting on a battlefield. Our soldiers are our children, our wife, our bank balance, our countrymen, etc. The Srimad-Bhagavatam warns us not to take shelter of such fallible soldiers. Even though a man has seen that his father and grandfather, who were once living, are existing no more, he does not see that likewise everyone, including himself, will be destroyed. How can he protect his son? How can his son protect him? These questions do not arise for the materialist who is simply engrossed in the animal propensities of eating, sleeping, defending, and mating.