679. The Himalayan ignorance-crest

If you aspire and then die,
Your life enjoys purposeful rest.

If you desire and then die,
Your life becomes a purposeless rest.

If you desire only to live
An animal life
A human life,
Then you are living
On the Himalayan ignorance-crest.
Sri Chinmoy, Europe-Blossoms, Aum Press, Puerto Rico, 1974