What is it that this Eye of Dhamma sees? This Eye sees that whatever is born has ageing and death as a natural result.
‘Whatever is born’ means everything! Whether material or immaterial, it all comes under this ‘whatever is born’. It refers to all of nature. Like this body for instance – it’s born and then proceeds to extinction. When it’s small it ‘dies’ from smallness to youth. After a while it ‘dies’ from youth and becomes middle-aged. Then it goes on to ‘die’ from middle-age and reach old-age, finally reaching the end. Trees, mountains and vines all have this characteristic.
– Ajahn Chah