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A direct realization of my mortality brought a sense of the urgency to my goal of not missing out on anything important in my life.
Here, perhaps, "purity of mind" is crucial, which Sankara mentions in various places as conducive to the direct realization of the meaning of the Vedanta passages.
A much more profoundly rooted code of behavior and action arises naturally from the direct realizations that come while seated quietly in deep stillness.