Man is his mind.
As we cultivate and train the mind so shall we become. Tune our mind to the impermanent lower values of negativity, and we become a gross insensible two legged animal. Train the mind to think and act in terms of higher and the permanent values of love, tolerance, mercy etc., and we get ourselves cultured and perfected to become signatories in our own appointments for the future.
We may choose to sign today a death warrant for the future or a life-lease in Godhood and we shall correspondingly come to suffer the death or enjoy the life.
~ Swami Chinmayananda