Strangely enough, the same argument is given by Charvakas, the Indian atheists. They say, “Everything is fleeting, so don’t waste time in temples, in rituals, just eat, drink and be merry. And if you don’t have money, borrow money, because after death everyone is finished, nobody is going to ask for his money back. After death, in the graveyard everybody sleeps soundly. The man who borrowed the money and the man who gave the money both are dead. So don’t miss a single moment. Enjoy it, even if it is to be enjoyed on borrowed money.”
The statement in Sanskrit is very beautiful. The statement says, no one who has gone beyond death has ever come back. This is enough proof, more than enough, that death is the end. And if death is the end, then why be worried about small things? It may be your own pocket or somebody else’s pocket, it does not matter. Death will not differentiate between the sinner and the saint. There is no one to make the judgment.
Rinam kritva ghritam pibet. Even if you have to borrow money, borrow it, but drink refined butter. Don’t be worried about tomorrow.
It was a great school, not only in India but in Greece also. These were the two countries at that time which were touching the peaks of civilization. In Greece there was a great man, Epicurus, and he still has a small following. But generally, the whole Western world is Epicurean; they may know, they may not know.
Epicurus’ whole teaching was that all is matter, and when all matter disintegrates nothing is left behind. So don’t bother about any spirituality, and don’t bother about any other world – there is none. There has not been a single witness. It is certainly a tremendous argument, that there is not a single witness of the other world, the paradise. It seems to be all fancy, imagination, wish-fulfillment. What you cannot get here, you project that you will get it after life. It gives a certain consolation.
But what can you contemplate? Even if you contemplate that everything is impermanent, that simply means do it quick, be speedy, things are fast running out of hand; squeeze the juice of every moment without delay. Contemplation can take you into an atheistic worldview.
“Those who are born must inevitably die. Even the young are not exempt.”
Just because everyone is going to die…Torei and similar teachers think that it is enough for people to become detached because everything is going to die. The result is just the contrary – because everything is going to die, be quick before it dies.
A man was brought into a court in France for making love to a woman on the sea beach. The charge was that he had been making love to a dead woman.
The magistrate asked him, “What do you have to say?”
He said, “I thought she was an English lady.”
Man has been told by these teachers:
“Even the strong are in danger. Even a long life does not last more than eighty years or so.”