Kularnava Tantra Chapter 1, Verses 21-25.

21 Even a life of hundred years is too little, for the half of it is spent in sleep and the other half is made infructuous by infancy, disease, misery, old age and what not.


22 Lacks in industry where he is to be active; sleeps where he is to be awake; remains assured where he should be apprehensive – then why not death would inflict him?


23 Body is short-lived like a water-bubble. Residing in it like a bird how can the Jiva remain fearless in an unpleasant and perishable world?


24 The Jiva considers favourable that which is not favourable; considers permanent that which is transitory; considers useful that which is of no use; and sees not his own death.


25 O Devi! Deluded by your Maya, he looks not what he sees, grasps not what he hears; and follows not what he reads.

Kularnava tantra Chapter 1, Verses 16-20


16 One who does not try to cure himself of the hellish diseases in this very world, what can he do for his diseases when he goes to a place where no treatment is available.


17 He is a fool who starts digging a well when his house is already ablaze. Therefore, so long as this body exists one should earnestly devote himself towards the exploration of the Ultimate Truth.


18 Old age prowls like a tiger; age diminishes like the water in a broken pot; diseases strike like an enemy. Therefore, take to the auspicious path well before the limbs lose their vitality and the adversities crowd upon you

19 In the various worldly pursuits time flies unnoticed. Involved in his pleasures and pains the Jiva remains unaware of his self interest.


20 Infatuated by the wine of ignorance he does not fear even when he sees the world in the torpid, afflicted, dead, calamity ridden and extremely miserable beings. He does not realize that prosperity is like a dream, youth like a perishable blossom, life-span momentary like a lightning and remains complacent.

Kularnava tantra Chapter 1, verses 11-15

11 Preservation of the body : With all the efforts one should preserve his Self. the self is the efficient cause of everything. Therefore, with all care one should preserve his Self.


12 Village land, money and house, could all be obtained again and again; but the human body could not be obtained over and again.

13 Men should make persistent efforts for the preservation of their bodies. It is not proper to let the body end itself by afflictions like leprosy etc.


14 So long the body exists one should live according to the laws of Dharma. Dharma leads to knowledge; knowledge leads to Dhyana and Yoga, which though secret lead to Liberation.


15 If the person himself would not find the means for Release of his Self, who else is there to see the favorable means for this Release.