The Purpose of Life

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Do you know the answer to the simple yet unanswered question “What is the purpose of your life”. Have you ever wondered what’s the reason for your existence. If you haven’t figured it out yet, then maybe you are walking on the wrong path.

Few days back, I was reading an article about a man in mid 30’s who left his high paying professional job to pursue his passion. I wondered what made him so dissatisfied that he quit his job to follow his passion. After lot of thinking, I framed two questions to get the specific answers out of it. I will try to answer these two questions to best of my knowledge.

Who am I?

Purpose of my life?

In this world, many people are dissatisfied about their profession, relationships, social needs etc. Unfortunately, many people are living in artificial world having inner emptiness. As a child, we are conditioned to accept our identity and our likings, which has nothing to do with our true selves. We are conditioned in a fashion which vary according to culture and environment we are born in. We have so much external expectations which puts a lot of social pressure on us. Somewhere, down the line, our true self is lost. People love me because of who I am or do people appear to love me because of what they want me to be. If I match their expectation then they show their love for me, otherwise, we are not accepted in the society.

Our true self is lost somewhere, so we are unable to get the answer of who am I. Until you got the answer of who am I, probably you will not be able to find the key to the purpose. In this world, we are designated various roles like of father, mother, friend etc. and we act according to these labels and designate values accordingly. If I am father, then what are my values, if I see myself as a son then what are my values. Now there are many labels attached to a person and we pick up any label say mother, then my purpose of life becomes to take care of my children. If we meet a doctor and ask what is purpose of life then he will say take care of my patients. Now, if a person is very sincere about his job, most of the times he/she makes that purpose of life.

Here we are confusing purpose of life with the role I am playing in life. For doctor, healing is purpose of my life or it’s a profession or responsibility of my life.

The common mistake that we all are making is that we have misunderstood our purpose with roles we are playing, responsibilities, relationships etc. We should not confuse goal of life with purpose, because profession can change time to time but purpose of life is mine.

We can do a small exercise to get the answer of Who am I?  Side line the various roles/labels that we our playing in this world and you will reach the final answer to who am I. And I found that I am the Soul/energy/consciousness who is running this body and playing all the roles and building relationships. I am this pure being/energy/consciousness.

My main purpose in this world to come to this body is to exchange energy and come into action with other souls. According to the Bhagvat Gita, the inherit nature of the soul is to love and to be loved because soul is part of God. Love of god is resting in heart of every living being but we have forgotten that love. So we are trying to find that love and experience the pleasure in so many ways in this world but which is not satisfying the needs of our soul. We are pure, love full, and happy being/Soul as we have the personality of god only because our soul is part of super soul which is god himself, but we have forgotten this.

Side-lining all my roles in this world, I realized that I am pure being/Soul Who’s purpose of life is to love and be loved.

See like this…

Inherit nature of Soul:

Peaceful being – Then purpose becomes to create peace

Happy being – The purpose becomes to create happiness

Love full being – The purpose becomes to give love

Now my purpose of life becomes:

I am a happy being playing a role of Father/Doctor etc. in this world.

As we grow, we keep on adding lot of labels of relationships, profession etc. we have created so many layers over us that we forgot who we really are. We our busy protecting these labels that we have forgotten ourselves and your true self became more and more dissatisfied .We are playing all the responsibilities properly still we are not satisfied because actually I am not able to experience actual me.

Finally, the fundamental need of every soul/living being is to love and be loved. Without that nothing can really satisfy the Soul, materialistic objects can only please the senses of the body. We can satisfy the senses and mind with various emotional gratification but the heart is longing to love and to be loved. It is inherit nature of soul, weather we are young or old, rich or poor, whatever may be the particular role in this world, our need is to feel and express love. This doesn’t mean we have to abandon responsibilities and occupations of the world life. We can express that inner knowledge and love through whatever we do.

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We are What We Think (We make the World)

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Buddha Dhammapada Sutra WE ARE WHAT WE THINK. ALL THAT WE ARE ARISES WITH OUR THOUGHTS. WITH OUR THOUGHTS WE MAKE THE WORLD.

Osho It has been said to you again and again that the Eastern mystics believe that the world is illusory. It is true: they not only believe that the world is untrue, illusory, maya — they know that it is maya, it is an illusion, a dream. But when they use the word sansara — the world — they don’t mean the objective world that science investigates; no, not at all. They don’t mean the world of the trees and the mountains and the rivers; no, not at all.

They mean the world that you create, spin and weave inside your mind, the wheel of the mind that goes on moving and spinning. Sansara has nothing to do with the outside world. There are three things to be remembered. One is the outside world, the objective world. Buddha will never say anything about it because that is not his concern; he is not an Albert Einstein.

Then there is a second world: the world of the mind, the world that the psychoanalysts, the psychiatrists, the psychologists investigate. Buddha will have a few things to say about it, not many, just a few — in fact, one: that it is illusory, that it has no truth, either objective or subjective, that it is in between. The first world is the objective world, which science investigates. The second world is the world of the mind, which the psychologist investigates. And the third world is your subjectivity, your interiority, your inner self.
Buddha’s indication is towards the interior most core of your being. But you are too much involved with the mind. Unless he helps you to become untrapped from the mind, you will never know the third, the real world: your inner substance. Hence he starts with the statement: WE ARE WHAT WE THINK. That’s what everybody is: his mind. ALL THAT WE ARE ARISES WITH OUR THOUGHTS.

Just imagine for a single moment that all thoughts have ceased…then who are you? If all thoughts cease for a single moment, then who are you? No answer will be coming. You cannot say, “I am a Catholic,” “I am a Protestant,” “I am a Hindu,” “I am a Mohammedan” — you cannot say that. All thoughts have ceased. So the Koran has disappeared, the Bible, the Gita…all words have ceased! You cannot even utter your name. All language has disappeared so you cannot say to which country you belong, to which race. When thoughts cease, who are you? An utter emptiness, nothingness, no-thingness.
It is because of this that Buddha has used a strange word; nobody has ever done such a thing before, or since. The mystics have always used the word ‘self’ for the interior most core of your being — Buddha uses the word ‘no-self’. And I perfectly agree with him; he is far more accurate, closer to truth. To use the word ‘self’ — even if you use the word ‘Self’ with a capital ‘S’, does not make much difference. It continues to give you the sense of the ego, and with a capital ‘S’ it may give you an even bigger ego.
Buddha does not use the words atma, ‘self’, atta. He uses just the opposite word: ‘no-self’, anatma, anatta. He says when mind ceases, there is no self left — you have become universal, you have overflowed the boundaries of the ego, you are a pure space, uncontaminated by anything. You are just a mirror reflecting nothing. WE ARE WHAT WE THINK. ALL THAT WE ARE ARISES WITH OUR THOUGHTS. WITH OUR THOUGHTS WE MAKE THE WORLD.
If you really want to know who, in reality, you are, you will have to learn how to cease as a mind, how to stop thinking. That’s what meditation is all about. Meditation means going out of the mind, dropping the mind and moving in the space called no-mind. And in no-mind you will know the ultimate truth, dhamma. And moving from mind to no-mind is the step, pada. And this is the whole secret of THE DHAMMAPADA.