Srimad Bhagavatam 11.22.47 - Special Mercy (download mp3)
by Rudranath Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
vayo-madhyam jara mrtyur
ity avasthas tanor nava
Impregnation, gestation, birth, infancy, childhood, youth, middle age, old age and death are the nine ages of the body.
kvacit kascij jahati ca
Although the material body is different from the self, because of the ignorance due to material association one falsely identifies oneself with the superior and inferior bodily conditions. Sometimes a fortunate person is able to give up such mental concoction.
One who has received the special mercy of the Supreme Lord is able to give up the mental concoction of bodily identification. Thus there is always a chance of escaping the cycle of birth and death.