PURPOSE OF LIFE, MY THOUGHTS

I was born Hindu and therefore have been heavily influenced by the core values of Hinduism. According to Hinduism the purpose of life is to attain the ultimate union with the GOD called MOKSHA. Moksha can be attained only by going through the circle of life and death until your soul find the ultimate balance of KARMA that bring freedom from the circle of life and death.

So how do I balance my Karma?

First of all, we need to understand what we are? I did not say who we are for a specific reason. We will discuss that later. What we are, as a life form, has two part scenario, Spiritual and Physical. There is a force beyond our comprehension and we do not know its identity and therefore the World’s major Religion call such force the GOD. Spiritual relationship is easier because it is between two parties, one of them is unseen, the GOD. Historically it has been understood by all civilization that every behavior has a moral obligation to the GOD.

The physical part is something that can be seen, touched, and felt. It is the physical body and its presence that allows us to be part of society. However, the physical bodies must behave, in addition to the moral obligation, according to the teachings of their religious leaders, governmental laws and expectations of their immediate society. That is where each life becomes very complex forcing individual’s Karmas to be unbalanced.

I am convinced that purpose of our life is to balance our Karma. In order to balance our Karma, we need to understand who we are. We are a life form that has to establish its presence in the group of other life forms. Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa were well balanced presence amongst other life forms and Hitler was rather an unbalanced presence. In our family we always discuss the difference between “wants” and “needs”. My parent had taught me to try and balance the two without burdening one over the other. My father was extremely spiritual and had supreme control over sensational and materialistic enjoyment. He had gone deeper into the spiritual ocean of God consciousness and had enjoyed so much spirituality that nothing of this worldly possession had ever competed with it or given him more pleasure.

“The embodied soul may be restricted from sense enjoyment, though the taste for sense objects remains. But, ceasing such engagements by experiencing a higher taste, he is fixed in consciousness.”–Bhagavad-gita 2.59

I am convinced that in order to balance Karma, we need to understand the quadratic equation of life. We are happy when our needs are less and spirituality is higher. We are unhappy when our needs are more that turns into greed. Most of us are driven by the short term happiness and always demand more for materialistic and sensational “wants” that only brings temporary joy and eventual greed. I am not implying that we should not have materialistic wants (desires) but simply implying the Gandhian teaching that “there is plenty in this world for every ones need but not enough for one man’s greed”.

Traditionally our physical body has five senses: sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing. I would like to add the sixth sense that is called “imaginary world” created by our own imaginations. As far back as the 1760’s, the famous philosopher Immanuel Kant proposed that our knowledge of the outside world depends on our modes of perception. In order to define what is “extrasensory” we need to define what is “sensory”. Each of the 5 senses consists of organs with specialized cells that have receptors for specific stimuli. These cells have links to the nervous system and thus to the brain. Sensing is done at primitive levels in the cells and integrated into sensations in the nervous system. Sight is probably the most developed sense in humans, followed closely by hearing.

When we use these senses for spiritual enlightenment, we find happiness. When we use these senses only for sensational and materialistic pleasures, we find temporary enjoyment and ultimate unhappiness. However, when we properly use these senses and balance the two, we find the path of MOKSHA. It is therefore I have concluded that the purpose of my life is to balance the spirituality needs and materialistic wants in my daily life.

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7 Responses to PURPOSE OF LIFE, MY THOUGHTS

  1. Pramod Kushwaha says:

    Your attempt is commendable.

  2. Ishvar Darji says:

    Tarun :

    Excellent thought provoking article. Ultimate reality parmatma can be achieved when senses and 4 inner equipmenta (antahkaran chatustaya) man, buddhi, chitta and ahamkar are surrendered to that higher consciousness. I recommend you to read Patanjali’s yoga sutras by Swami Hariharanand Aranya (in English).
    I like your lekhan shaili.

    Ishvar

    • tarunsurti says:

      Thank you, Ishvar. Patanjali provides in-depth knowledge of a process that a life form has to deal with. In my opinion a life form is only two parts, spiritual and physical. There is no governing body such a mind as described in earlier scriptures. Knowledge and Ego are flash-status of a life form. Collectively the life form makes a judgment for each situation in collaboration with spiritual needs and physical wants.
      Ancient scriptures are confused that neither spiritual nor physical body is able to make such decision and therefore there has to be third part called “Mind”. I disagree.
      It is like a Heaven and Hell story. In my opinion, based on the “Karma Theory”, there is no Heaven or Hell, only the Lord’s Kingdom. When we fail to achieve the ultimate balance and union with the GOD, we continue go through the circle of life and death.
      Tarun N. Surti

  3. I have a question for you, sir.. Who is God? Is he/she an alien from external world who created us. Created our brain. Why does he/she want us to seek him/her? What is the purpose of our life?
    Why we are here? Are we his/her slaves or a part of him/her. Their is no doubt that we are all connected to an external force, all our thoughts, even what i am writing now is a part of him. Buy why? Why we need to live in a certain way to gain God. Is it a drama or show he/she is playing? If no, then again, why we are here? What is the purpose of our life? We must have some value. Right? Please do answer.
    Your blog was good. Thank you for that.

    • tarunsurti says:

      Mankind wants to know where we came from, so the intellects created multiple theories. God is one of the theories. I approve it because in my opinion it is the best theory if we want a closure to the unachievable question of where we came from. It also induce ethics and moral in to the human society unlike other theories.

      We are part of the gigantic universe and are somehow connected. The force that keeps us connected is unseen and unidentifiable by science but its existence is real. That force is GOD or creator and preserver of this universe. Theories of creation, evolution and others are all one and the same.

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