“For not one of us lives for himself and not one dies for himself.”
BIBLE (ROMANS 14:7)
“So as to live the rest of the time in flesh no longer for the lusts of men but for the will of the God.”
BIBLE (PETER 4:2)
So, Nidhi is asking:
Acharya Ji, what I understand from the above verse is – Live for the Lord and die for the Lord.
Yes Nidhi, well captured.
But what does it mean to live for the Lord or die for him? I am not clear. Also, what is the will of God that Jesus is talking of?
What does it mean to live for the Lord and to die for him?
That is already happening Nidhi. Jesus is already saying – For none of us lives for himself and not one dies for himself. What does it mean? Your ‘self’ is anyway continuously changing. If you are to die for yourself, I would ask, which particular ‘self’? People vouch that they are living to improve. Everyone wants betterment.
There is nobody who has no desires.
There might be people who might not know that they are still desirous. There are people who might have suppressed or latent desires. But desires are still there, and if desires are still there, it means you want to change yourself, right?
A desire means that you want the situation to change. And whose situation? Even if you want the world situation to change, you want your situation that looks at the world to thereby change.
Right? Desire means that you are not alright with yourself and you want something else to happen, correct? So, we are anyway not living for ourselves. We are rather living to change ourselves. And are these not two very different things? If you are living for yourself as you are, then why would you want change? Why would you say I want a bigger car? Why would you say I want respect, or a beautiful man or woman? Then continue being as you are. But you don’t want to continue being as you are. You don’t live for yourself. You live for a better self. Is that in?
You don’t live for ‘yourself.’ You live for a ‘better self.’