in the world which is full of miseries and misfortunes. The branches being the life of man and the two rats being the days and nights which reduce a man's age. The four
serpents are the four elements by which a man is created, viz. wind, bill, phlegm, and blood. Man is unaware of these and does not know as to which of these four would
become the cause of his death. The huge pythone is death which is always prepared to devout man, while the branch full of honey are the pleasures and luxuries of this world
(which man sucks negligently). This is the best example of a man remaining engrossed in the fancies of this world and being careless of death and the hereafter.
It is related from Imam Ali (A.S.) that once He was passing through the market of Basra and the saw some people busy in buying and selling. He started weeping and turned towards them and said, "O slaves of the word ! And to the kings of this world You are spending your days in false swearing, interest- eating, and sleeping a sound sleep at night. And these pleasures have made you forget the hereafter. when will you gather provisions for the journey, and when will you start thinking about the hereafter"?
(Here some couplets have been quoted which I do not include in my translation- translator)
The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.S.) says: "Those people who have become forty years of age, are like crops whose time