The Ultimate Beneficiary


My mother’s body will be cremated today.

vayur anilam amrtam
athedam bhasmantam shariram
om krato smara krtam smara
krato smara krtam smara

“Let this temporary body be burnt to ashes, and let the air of life be merged with the totality of air. Now, O my Lord, please remember all my sacrifices, and because You are the ultimate beneficiary, please remember all that I have done for You.”
(Shri Isha Upanishad, mantra 17)

The word beneficiary is an interesting one in this context. The beneficiary of a life insurance policy is the person who receives the payment of the amount of insurance after the death of the insured.

In the highest sense of devotional service to God (rather than the concept that God is just our order-supplier) our life is meant for His satisfaction, not the other way around. Thus He is the beneficiary of our lifetime of service.

This concept is very rare in the world of so-called religious life, but is the most exalted. I pray that my mother attracts the mercy of that Ultimate Beneficiary.
Posted by Kurma on 28/5/07; 5:44:54 AM

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