Just think of this for a while. You have come in this body, in this receptacle in order to realize the God you really are. This body is the cocoon you have spun around yourself by means of your impulses and desires. Use it while it lasts, to grow wings, so that you can escape from it! You come into this world crying, announcing your grief at being thrust into it, grief for having lost the hold on God. Having come with grief, decide not to go with it, from here. Get rid of it in this life itself.
(From : Sai Veda, The Word of God, sayings of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba)