In the forest there are many species of trees, shrubs, vines and flowering plants, each blossoming into life. Ancient trees have grown so thick they block the sunlight. All these life forms have their season, and when it arrives hundreds of thousands of seeds burst into the air and fall to the forest floor like snow in a blizzard. These seeds germinate and root wherever they can, pushing their way up to catch whatever sun rays leak through the thick canopy. Growth is painful, but their determination to survive is instinctual. Some endure and some die in their quest for the light. This is God's ecosystem. Can we say that even one of these seemingly insignificant lives is pointless? Each serves a purpose in the plan of the Lord, as do all creatures.
The Vedas exalt the human form of life as unique among all species. The human body with developed consciousness provides the conditioned soul its only opportunity to achieve self-realization, which is the ultimate purpose for the material creation.
We are born, we grow, reproduce, and finally dwindle to ultimately face the demise of the material body. This process is inevitable. We are infinite in number, and a single one of us might appear inconsequential. The spirit soul measures one ten-thousandth the size of a tip of hair. (Svetasvatara Upanisad 5.9) We are by nature infinitesimal - we may thus come to the conclusion of our own meagerness. But in relation to the Supreme Lord, even the insignificant becomes significant. This gives me great hope.
"The Supreme Personality of Godhead is the maintainer of innumerable living entities, in terms of their different situations according to individual work and reaction of work. That Supreme Personality of Godhead is also, by His plenary portions, alive in the heart of every living entity. Only saintly persons who can see within and without the same Supreme Lord, can actually attain to perfect and eternal peace.
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