I wrote this to myself as a short summary of Atisha’s nine point meditation on death (see here), it’s something that he might very well have said.
“You know death is coming. That is certain. You don’t know when. Every day makes the time that remains shorter. And there is nothing you can do to help. Your body won’t help you. Your possessions won’t help you. Your friends and family won’t help you. Only the spiritual path remains, it is the only thing that makes sense.”
But if so, the walking of the spiritual path is the ultimate meaning of life, beyond the basic needs of man and maybe even before that, that one should attend ones spiritual path before one attends the basic needs.