Not many people are really interested in longevity and the possibility of immortality. Benjamin Franklin said, ‘nine in ten men are suicides.’ That means, most people bring about their own destruction without even knowing it.
But there is that one in a hundred or so that really wants to live, and not just for hedonistic pleasure. They want to live because strength and longevity is also virtue, and there is joy with strength and longevity. We don’t simply live to eat and procreate.
There are few who like to constantly make progress and also learn about the world around them. Getting to know Creation is the best way to know the Creator. And you’ll never know it all.
The ancient Chinese said, ‘longevity is merit.’ The longer you survive under the sun, the more worthy you are. To really be immortal, you have to put aside the mundane things of the world. To live forever, you have to be worthy of living forever.
The secular, capitalistic, ordinary world is very depressing. Even celebrities commit suicide because they feel life is empty. The spirit is bigger than the body, and the higher life of a seeker is more fulfilling. Of course, as a human being, one needs food and sex to live and be healthy. A spiritual man aims to fulfill his gross biological needs in a loftier way than the crass worldly man.
In the Baghavad Gita it says, ‘each one becomes a slave to his own activity, if you want to be truly free, perform all acts as worship.’ This means we are all stuck in the same condition. If you really want to live happily and for a long time, do your mundane earthly activities with spirit and zeal and selflessness.