Engage in the battle for the sake of duty, equitably embracing both joy and sorrow, deprivation and abundance, triumph and defeat. By dutifully fulfilling your responsibilities in this manner, you shall remain untainted by sin.
The profound peril that confronts us is the possibility of not attaining the human form in the next life, instead descending into lower life forms like animals, birds, or the nether regions. We cannot assume that the human form is guaranteed for us, as our future birth is shaped by our karmas and consciousness in the present life.
Existence encompasses 8.4 million species, with those beneath humans lacking the evolved intellect we possess. Despite their limited intellect, these beings engage in basic activities such as eating, sleeping, defending, and mating. Humans, bestowed with the gift of knowledge, are intended to utilize it for higher purposes, transcending mere animalistic pursuits. Misusing the human form by exclusively indulging in eating, sleeping, mating, and defending, in an extravagant manner, leads to an unsuitable form in the next life.
For instance, prioritizing eating above all else aligns one with a pig’s body in the subsequent life, while a focus on sleeping may result in a polar bear’s body. The grave danger lies in the prospect of not obtaining a human birth in the next life. The Vedas emphasize the rarity of human birth and warn of significant ruin if this opportunity is not seized for spiritual growth.