THE ETERNAL JOURNEY
EVERY affair should be looked at in its eternal context. A “guardian” may give temporary support in this world, but when one reaches the next world, there will be no one to lend a helping hand. If we keep this in mind that we are on the way to the Hereafter, we will consider everything which will become worthless in the next world as worthless now, no matter how great a worldly price it may seem to command. Importance will be given only to those things which will be of consequence in our after life, no matter how inconsequential they may seem in this world.
In the present world there may be opportunities of using impressive words to defy the truth; to wield one’s power unjustly, content that one can victimize others without being avenged, but in the Hereafter one will be deprived of all words and divested of all power. Wealth here may lead to arrogance but there will be nothing to be proud of in the Hereafter as the wealth will be left behind in this world.
Faith calls for constantly living with a sense of responsibility of thoughts and actions. It instills the consciousness that he will be held accountable in the Hereafter for all his deeds done in this world.
The person who lives his life with awareness towards the eternal context is a person of faith. A person who has no such faith lives on this earth as if he is going to stay here forever. Basically this difference is psychological.
However the result is regarding the attitudes which each one adopts in their practical lives. Faith calls for constantly living with a sense of responsibility of thoughts and actions. It instills the consciousness that he will be held accountable in the Hereafter for all his deeds done in this world.
Self-knowledge is the beginning of