The fallacy of dying to live for one who merely lives to die

Mullah Nasrudin climbs the huge level tree in the square of the village and starts cutting the branch he is on with an axe. The ones who see the Mullah shout: “Oh, Nasrudin! You’re cutting the branch you’re sitting on. You’re going to fall off the tree and hurt yourself badly.”

The Mullah goes on cutting the branch off the tree and says: “You all know that one who cuts off this branch is going to fall over; but why don’t you still understand that one who cuts off this world which is the branch of the world to come (life after death) is going to fall into Hell although I always remind you of this fact?”

Trying to see when there is nothing in sight

Many are those who live as if there is no life after death. While this serves to satisfy their inflated egos, everything – good or bad – we do in this life has an equal and opposite result. Hence if good virtues are accumulated then there will be merits that will be endowed upon us in some future, indeterminate time. A truly wise person lives through heightened awareness in order not to waste the sanctity and purity that comes with every new moment.

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