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Purpose of life

india Updated: Sep 08, 2011 23:24 IST
Mita Bhan

“The last five years have taught me a lot because of which I find myself doing a lot of self- analysis and trying to figure out what the future has in store for me. But I still don’t know what my real purpose in life is. Can you tell me?”

If you have not asked yourself this critical question, you may find yourself pondering about it someday. And if no one has ever answered your question, the reason is simple. Nobody knows your life purpose, only you do.

Years ago I asked a similar question to an elderly native American healer, and she simply told me to go “ask yourself”. A little disappointed by her terse reply, I listened to her words anyway and began to meditate on this.

And I learned a lot more about myself. I realised our life purpose is closely intertwined with the energies of love.

As unique as our finger print, our life purpose is part of us since the day we were born. We didn’t come on this planet just to breathe and float from day to day doing all the mundane and the necessary things.

There does exist something deep inside all of us which brings meaning into our lives. And we need to learn it for ourselves, just like the way we learnt to sit, then crawl and get up and walk.

Pay attention to the symbols and signals that having been revealed to us since we were children. Symbols could be as basic as a colour or as a complex as the inexplicable stirring in our heart, knowing we are doing something connected with what we are meant to do.

Signals could even include a tune, an activity or a memory that brings us pure bliss. Sit with paper and pen and ask about love and joy. Who do you love being with? In which locations have you found maximum happiness? What is lovely about you?

Answers may lead to more questions and questions lead to more answers. Ultimately there is no right formula.