Body is a Leased House
Acharya Harish Chandra
Humans are a bundle of body, mind and soul. The soul is our true identity, the inherent source of consciousness – the ‘I’. It is fair to say that we have received the body on lease as we rent a house in a new city we move in. Mind is a bit closer instrument similar to the suitcase we came with to live in a new rented house. It is expected from us to well maintain the house. The landlord (God) ensures that all vital forces make it habitable, called Praana. It is our duty to provide adequate supplies of air, water and food to the body. Furthermore, we need clothes, shelter, and a host of other things to protect it from the vagaries of nature. However, we should not forget that we are responsible for the body’s proper hygiene, upkeep and health. We should not get into tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs that are said to reduce the lifespan, the lease period for the house. Remember that the lease “agreement” has an unusual exit clause. We will be asked to vacate the body without any notice. As long as we occupy it, let us make good use of it for some higher purpose that others remember us for our deeds.