Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02, Text 27
From middle-age onwards, the human body usually starts undergoing a miracle of the wrong kind. Unfortunately, many such miracle-afflicted people go into a denial mode and frantically conceal the signs of bodily decline by hair-dyes and face-lifts. They can hide these symptoms of aging from the world, but not from their own hearts. They can scarcely face the silent terror that creeps into their heart whenever they think of how their dear body — their only vehicle to pleasure — is on an irreversible, terminal downslide.
Gita wisdom can help and heal such people by posing a surgically probing question: “Did nothing in life prepare you for life?”
This question applies to all of us, whatever our age.
The Bhagavad-gita (02.27) indicates that the decline and demise of the human body is a universal, undeniable truth of life. Preparing for life, Gita wisdom informs us, means preparing for this inescapable downslide of life. Our materialistic culture makes us believe that preparing for life means preparing to make it big in life: earning money, pleasure and prestige. Material success has its place in life, but allowing it a monopoly on our life-preparation is suicidally short-sighted.