The eagle is pestered by crows so long as it has a fish in its beak. They swish past that to steal the fish out of its mouth. They pursue the bird wherever it sits for a little rest. At last, it gives up the attachment to the fish and drops it from its beak; the crows fly behind it and leave the eagle free. So, leave off sense pleasures and the crows of pride, envy, malice and hatred will fly away, for they want only carrion. Practise renunciation from now on, so that you may set out on the journey when the call comes, and you never know when that will happen. Else at that moment, you will be in tears, when you think of the house you have built, the property you have accumulated, the fame you have amassed, and the trifles you have won. Know that all this is for the fleeting moment: develop attachment for the Lord, who will be with you wherever you go.