People are very much attached to a materialist life, but they forget that there is time which is quickly eroding their life.
“One who has taken his birth is sure to die, and after death one is sure to take birth again.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 2.27)
But for some reason, you are unwilling to accept this fact?
You may think that while death may come to others, you will some how continue to live forever. You will hear about others dying, but it never comes to your mind that you could be next. The whole situation is like that of a slaughterhouse where one animal is being slaughtered and another one is busy munching grass and doesn’t realize that it will be next. This is ignorance.
“From the highest planet in the material world down to the lowest, all are places of misery wherein repeated birth and death take place. But one, who attains to my abode, O son of Kunté, never takes birth again.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 8.16)
Material life is full of calamities. The less intelligent persons try to adjust to those calamities, as they have no information on the abode of the Lord, which is full of bliss and without a trace of calamity. The intelligent persons try to give up attachment for this material world.
You may think that your life is very comfortable as you have money, big house, nice cars, beautiful partner etc.. But what is the value of this so-called comfortable life, if one day you are going to lose everything and be slaughtered by nature? What to speak of your next life, which may be in the animal kingdom?
The animals in the slaughterhouse live very comfortably, but they are only waiting to be hacked to death. The same goes for you too.
The animals cannot escape the wrath of the butcher, and you cannot escape the wrath of nature. But you have a choice of either going through the whole drama of material life (birth, old age, disease, death) again, again, and again, or become free from material life (no death, no marital problems, no taxes, no disease, no poverty, no wars, no terrorism, no anxiety and so on)
The souls in the plants and animals are on a fixed cycle of transmigration from one body to the next in the plant and animal kingdoms. They will have to go through 8 million births before they get a human birth.
The humans have been through the 8 million births in the plant and animal kingdoms. But if a human being misuses or fails to utilize the higher consciousness, then he (the soul) will once again have to go through the 8 millions births in the plant and animal kingdoms. Only a complete fool would waste this rare human birth.
Only by engaging in Bhakti Yoga (devotional service onto Lord Krishna) can a human being become free from material life and go to the kingdom of God, called Goluka Vrindavan, the abode of Lord Krishna. Where there is no old age, no disease, no taxes, no wars, no terrorism, no depression.
Where you will be in 50 years time is a serious thought to consider now, because you won’t be here.