"What you say about kinsmen may be true; but take my wife who is with me
here. All the love that she bestows on me - is that too a delusion? Is that unsubstantial?
Are we not two lives joined together in one body; or more truly, one life in two bodies?
Looking on every part of my body as her own, here is my wife living with me always. How
then can life be unreal?" asks the simpleton.
Sri Sankara sings:
People at home concern themselves about
your welfare so long as there is breathe in your body. When the life-breath takes leave of
your body, even the wife is afraid of that body.