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  • Dr. Atul Verma
    Impermanence I said: I stayed in a hotel for a few days I drove a rental car For a few days I stayed in a beautiful city For a few days Then time came to
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      Impermanence
      I said:
      "I stayed in a hotel
      for a few days
      I drove a rental car
      For a few days
      I stayed in a beautiful city
      For a few days
      Then time came to leave all of the above
      And head back home"

      He asked:
      "Did you get attached to any of them?"

      "No of course not!"
      I replied feeling a bit surprised

      "Why not?"
      He asked

      "Because I knew all of them
      Were temporary
      I was there only on a short visit
      Making the best use of
      The little time I had there"
      I replied

      He said:
      "Well then how about your family?
      Do you feel attached to your wife
      And your kids?
      How about your wealth, house and friends?"

      I replied:
      "Of course, because my family is forever
      My wife and kid are mine forever
      We love each other a lot
      My house will be there for a while
      And I don't think my hard-earned
      Money is going to go anywhere
      As for friends I have real good friends"

      "Forever???"
      He replied sounding shocked
      "You really think so?
      You really think 'forever'?
      Only for a few years maximum, my friend!
      Do you realize
      How many wives, husbands, kids,
      Friends, fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters
      You have changed over the centuries?

      As for wealth and material things
      They are here today
      Who knows they will be here tomorrow?"

      "You know very well
      What is the only permanent
      Thing in the world
      If you really want to get attached
      To somebody
      Get attached to Him!
      Make full use of the little time
      You have as a human
      In this birth"

      "This life is a journey
      Just like the one you
      recently undertook
      Don't waste any time
      Or else you will have
      To keep on coming back
      Again and again
      With stopovers elsewhere
      In between
      At places you won't like!"
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