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Like herdsmand driving their cows into
Old age and death will drive you
But the fool is his mischief forgets
And he lights the fire
Wherein one day he must burn.
(1) I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old.The Five Remembrances are an excellent example of the relative truths taught by the Buddha*. When we read these Five Remembrances they are understood right away. This is true because it is common sense. Any one of us would come to the same conclusions if we looked honestly at our age, bodies, friends, lives and the world around us. But so often we kid ourselves in to forget these truths. Instead of forgetting, which brings suffering to ourselves and others, why not make an effort to remember? When we remember we are less likely to be surprised or disappointed when these truths arise in our lives.
(2) I am of the nature to have ill-health. There is no way to escape having ill-health.
(3) I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death.
(4) All that is dear to me and everyone that I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them.
(5) My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand.