"he felt more acutely the indestructibleness of every life, the eternity of every moment."

A Chinese dish made of red lacquer over wood, from the Ming Dynasty, showing the Endless Knot in the center
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeA Chinese dish made of red lacquer over wood, from the Ming Dynasty, showing the Endless Knot in the center - Credit: Self-made at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Washington D.C
Death of a loved one drives home the destructibility of the body, the eternity of the soul, and the cyclic process of birth and death, followed by rebirth.

The endless knot or eternal knot (Sanskrit: Shrivatsa) is one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols that symbolizes "the interweaving of the Spiritual path, the flowing of Time and Movement within That Which is Eternal.

Pre-Kantian philosophers have conceived time as a temporal reality, with the Divine Force viewing the surface of this reality, as if it was a stretched line and hence being "omnipresent" with regard to time. From this perspective, the past, present and future moments all lay spread out in a line, and hence comprising eternity.