Balastavat kreeda saktaha, Tarunastavat Taruneesaktaha,
Vriddhastaavat chintasaktaha Parame brahmani kopina saktaha |
This verse is addressing our emotional attachments. We spend our childhood attached to toys,games, our youth dreaming of moonlit romances, and our old age in worrying about the worry, thinking of all problems during old age. We spend our entire lives getting attached to things that only bind us to the world. And in the end, we ignore the one thing that we really need to pursue, Atman, the Divinity within.
From birth to death, we are attached to something or other and have no time or inclination for Atman. We always feel we can put off spiritual pursuits until our next goal is met. But it never happens. By the time we free ourselves from one attachment we get immersed in another.
This verse is a clear call for all of us to invest some time and energy in catering to our spiritual needs.