What must be the true purpose of human life?
Is it meaningless, I mean, its meaning limited to the experiences it goes through, between birth and death – be born, grow up, get married , have children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, get old and die and be born again” ?
Is it to find happiness in all this as above?
Is such happiness in the pleasures of the senses – in the beautiful sights outside such as a natural scenery, the angel-like face of a newborn, a beautiful girl or a handsome boy, or, in watching ‘Aquaman’, ‘Spider-Man’, ‘Thor’, ‘The Great Escape’ or ‘The Conjuring’, ‘James Bond’, ‘Star Wars’, or ‘Hum Aap ke hai kaun’? ? In soul-touching music – be it rock or Beethoven or old Bollywood romantic hits , or, a child’s innocent prattle or ego-boosting praise or flatter? In mouth-watering pizzas, burgers, spaghetti and ice-cream that satisfy the taste buds? In the smell of the rose or sandalwood or in the appetising aroma of South Indian sambar or Italian pasta? In the soft touch of breeze on the cheeks or in the pleasure sought for in lust, or, in the ‘Divine Magic touch’ that only an infant or a child can give his or her mother in his or her clasp of her fingers with his or her little ones? Is happiness nothing beyond these?
Is the purpose of life to sit and brood and complain about God, about His injustice and partiality, or, to resort to surrender in prayer for lifting him from experiences of a ‘living hell’ in the world, or, even, to hoard in the mind feelings and emotions of hatred and revenge and translate them into thought, word and deed and commit a crime, manifest as murder , defamation etc., or, unmanifest as hoarded within and all the more dangerous to oneself and others around and the whole environment – to pollute God’s Land – the Earth and the entire Cosmos? Is the true purpose of life nothing beyond this?
Say, for a start to find the purpose of life, let us assume it is to find happiness. It is a strange fact that a human being is not able to find lasting happiness in anything in this world.
He desires for wealth. He acquires it, but he is no longer happy about it as he or she thought he would be. He desires to love and be loved in a special and unique way by someone. He falls in love and marries, or, marries and falls in love and thinks he is the happiest man on Earth. But after a few months or years, the relationship is either a part an parcel of his monotonous life and he takes the relationship for granted, or, he realises that the relationship has come to ‘a dead end’.
Thus the objects of his happiness keep changing as quickly as the seasons of the year .
Why does man do this? What is it that possibly changes in man that he becomes unhappy about the same thing that he was once happy about?
Well, a few things come to my mind when I ponder on it.
Man becomes happy when he gets what he wants as he is still not familiar with it or he is not used to it. It gives a newness, a thrill , a great feeling or emotion out of it. But once he gets used to it or becomes familiar with it, it doesn’t hold any charm for him any longer. He is satiated with it but he is yet not satisfied as his desire which rose up as a want in him still persists. So looks for another source to fulfil his desire.
Man doesn’t find lasting happiness in anything of this world because what thinks he wants are just tools for transient happiness. What he really yearns for is not anything transient. He yearns for Eternal joy, Eternal pleasure. And this cannot be his lot by running after the small pleasures of this world.
But these may be a ‘must’ stage( given exceptions) in his journey towards the SELF to help him to be rid of the yoke of the ego-body and all that it is ridden with…..earthly love or attachment, lust, anger, jealousy, hatred etc. Unless he becomes rid of these, he can’t even get a ‘peep’ into the world of Eternal joy and peace.
A stage comes when he realises this. Mostly all the burning desires that man gets drawn to in youth burn out by the time he starts greying naturally, I mean, by the advanced years. (Exceptions given). No wonder the ancient sages said that elders need to be respected for their age and experience. But it is not necessary to cross the fifties to come to this stage. It can happen any time, at any age and stage of life, for, I believe that the spiritual journey carries on from one lifetime to another; only the body drops dead; the soul or the spirit moves on , assumes a body, and resumes the journey from where it left it with death of the earlier name and form it had assumed.
Man starts looking for something beyond the evanescent joys of this world. All Nature and the Lord respond to his ‘inner call’ and his life-experiences take him ‘deep within’ to ‘the unexplored depths of the SELF’. All his senses, his mind, his emotions and feelings, turn ‘inward’ and he finds that all the wealth of this world, put together, is nugatory, when weighed against the Infinite Wealth ‘within’.
It is an ‘Awakening’ for him.. He is guided by Him to such people and situations as prove conducive to his growth. In such a state of mind, he is not a slave to his mind and is no longer driven by his emotions and feelings to run after the nugatory pleasures of this world. He is able to live in such a state of equipoise that all the joys and sorrows of this life and relationships cannot move him from his centre. He puts his best foot forward in each and every relationship and moves ahead in life. His worldly life, whatever way it is, as a package, becomes a somewhat constant source of introspection and enrichment for him . He is able to wade through relationships from a space of neither giving or taking – but just of ‘being’. This, he feels, is the purpose of life , all joys and sorrows in life-situations that man has to go through.
Human life is worth it. It is a treasure-word of paradoxes that may be seemingly contradictory but with a ‘purpose’ – to lead man to one and the same Truth. Worldly joys or sorrows, earthly love or hatred, mind , the body and the senses, the thoughts, the feelings and the emotions – all are just illusory, or appear to be so, but only as long as man is not ‘awakened’ , upon which happening, they reveal themselves to him as tools supportive to self-growth to lead him or her back to the Eternal Abode – ‘the Source Within’!
Everything in life – all the people we come across, and who travel with us, may be just for a few minutes while travelling in a bus, or may be for an entire lifetime through the journey of relationships; all the good experiences, and even more so, all those people and situations that may be nightmarish to us and which we may want to forget and forgive for but may not be able to ( given exceptions ) , are all BLESSINGS which manifest as so, and which come in disguise , respectively.
GOD LOVES MAN! He has voluntarily bound himself to man to guide him through a journey of lifetimes, to his Final Destination – His Abode of Eternal Joy and Peace. It may be this lifetime or the next , or, after a thousand more . ‘No hurry and No worry’. Man just just needs to ‘sit back and relax’ (but mentally alone) and enjoy the journey, and sometimes, just take it as it comes. He needs to have FAITH that “GOD’s PREDESTINED PLAN FOR EVERY HUMAN LIFE IS PERFECT.”
Is realisation of this the purpose of human life? I wonder! Do you?