Many Western ideals and goals are based on the underlying attitude that there is only one life--so we had better do everything we can in this life. We had better achieve God Realization in this life, just in case. The Hindu attitude, based on the confidence that we have many lives, is: "I know I'm coming back; no rush. I will do as much as I can in this lifetime, and there will be ample time for further advancement."
-- Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami