Srimad Bhagavatam 11.20.14-15 - Human Form can help Transcend the Fear of Death (download mp3)
by Gaura Vilas Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
etad vidvan pura mrtyor
abhavaya ghateta sah
apramatta idam jñatva
martyam apy artha-siddhi-dam
A wise person, knowing that although the material body is subject to death it can still award the perfection of one’s life, should not foolishly neglect to take advantage of this opportunity before death arrives.
chidyamanam yamair etaih
khagah sva-ketam utsrjya
ksemam yati hy alampatah
Without attachment, a bird gives up the tree in which his nest was constructed when that tree is cut down by cruel men who are like death personified, and thus the bird achieves happiness in another place.
Here the example is given of detachment from the bodily concept of life. The living entity resides within the body just as a bird dwells within a tree. When thoughtless men cut down the tree, the bird, without lamenting the loss of its previous nest, does not hesitate to establish its residence in another place.