All must pass through the fire of Death
The rich, the poor, the sick, the well;
Not all the wood of possessions
Nor all the oil of pride and riches
But the cool waters of humble love
And the sands of selfless sharing
Can calm the flames of mortal life
And lead you through to immortality.
When explained on the philosophical level, the poem connotes that immortal joy can be obtained by extending love to others and by acting selflessly. The flames of death consume the minds that gloat over material acquisitions the annihilation of ‘aham’, ego in man only can grant happiness.