Hindu Preachers and Teachers
The soul's attachment to the body resembles a fledgling Which forsakes its empty shell and flies away. Death is like falling asleep, And birth is like waking from that sleep. Not yet having a permanent home, The soul takes temporary shelter in the body.
Excerpted from the Tirukkural, translated by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. Copyright Himalayan Academy Publications, www.himalayanacademy.com.