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Agenda of life

Why is it that most of us die without realising the real purpose of life? The truth: We are too selfish and self-centred and too ignorant to be otherwise. Those who realise this folly and live to fulfill the purpose of life before bidding adieu are the lucky ones. PP Wangchuk writes.

india Updated: Jul 16, 2012 23:37 IST
PP Wangchuk

Why is it that most of us die without realising the real purpose of life? The truth: We are too selfish and self-centred and too ignorant to be otherwise. Those who realise this folly and live to fulfill the purpose of life before bidding adieu are the lucky ones.

‘Purpose of Life’, authored by Khushdeep Bansal, raises this issue. It says sometimes a yaksha prashma (quest) arises within us: Why am I here for. Have I done something meaningful and what I should do to create happiness?

The day one comes to such an understanding, it would be the beginning of a journey towards self-realisation. Bansal writes that kings in India and Greece hired scientists, scholars and philosophers to find answers to such questions. Astrology was widely used to know one’s purpose of being.

There is a beautiful parable involving a fish that makes us understand the issue better. This fish lived in deep sea and was very curious to know what water was and also the purpose of her life. Her friends told her of different ways of making her know what water was. Some of them assured her that they could take her to a place where she can meet water and see for herself what water was!

But she was not satisfied with any of the ways explained to her and remained unsatisfied and sad for the rest of her life.

We too are like the fish, ignorant of the purpose of life. Only if the fish knew how to go to the surface of the sea and experience sunlight, she could have got enlightenment. Similarly, if we shed the cover of ignorance, we too will get to know the purpose of our lives.

Of course, one has to manifest one’s core desire to understand the purpose of life; and then follow with right action --- karma. Developing a Yogic state of mind makes the whole process much easier. For this, one has to be a bit serious and should acquire the ability to choose and discriminate between the right and the wrong.