We take birth, grow, become old and die. How many times in our life we have seriously asked,"what is the purpose of our life?". We are all supposed to be happy all the time. If we are not happy then it is the time for us to validate our life purpose. If our purpose is to earn good amount(it is relative and keep changing from time to time), be more healthy, to enjoy life, to have fulfilling relationship or something else, how many of us have achieved them? If we have not achieved our purpose, have we ever taken time to reflect as to why we have not achieved?
All of us are running day in and day out doing something which we are conditioned to do. When we have some major set back we take time to reflect why we do what we do. Whatever purpose we thought once achieved will make us happy, most of the time we found the reality is otherwise. Why this is so? This is because most of our desires/objectives are not original but borrowed or conditioned. Most of us are conditioned in our childhood.
To comprehend the purpose of life we first have to understand what is life.
Life is apparently full of unknowns. Inner knowledge will help us see, very clearly, that this is NOT so. Life is not a mystery. Life can be understood. It is our birth right to know and understand ourselves fully, our life and our purpose.Life can be considered as a totality of many different areas in which we constantly must act, areas of action and activity. Let's for example, arbitrarily divide life into several areas in which we constantly and continuously act or do something:
3. fun & recreation
4. family & friends
5. personal development
We all have the fundamental need to improve our lives one way or another. To have a better life is a common desire of humanity. The only common aspect in all areas of our life is "Ourselves"! Wherever we are, our live is there. We can hide from everything or anyone except from ourselves. Our whole life and everything in it is Ourselves and nothing else but Ourselves.
Ask yourself how you rate yourself in several areas(as mentioned above 1 to 8) and find out how satisfied you are on a scale from zero(very unsatisfied) to 10 (very satisfied) .If you can, mark your score on the lines between the segments - 0 is in the middle and works outwards from here - and join all the scores together. Look at the shape it creates - if it were a real wheel, how smoothly would it turn? How does that reflect on the way your life runs? You will realize that to be happy to need to balance among all areas of life.
Questions to ponder:
1. What accomplishments must, in your opinion, occur during your life time so that you will consider your life to have been satisfying and well lived, i.e a life of few or no regrets?
2. If there were a secret passion in your life, what would it be?
3. What do you consider your role to be in your society? in your country? in the world?
4. If you could devote your life to serving others and still have the money and life style you need would you do it? How would it look?
5. If you trusted a Life-Coach(or a very good friend) enough to tell him/her how to help him/her manage most effectively his/her life what tips would you give?
6. If you had a 5-year goal(and money were not an issue) what would that goal be? what difference would make in your life accomplishing it?
7. What is missing in your life? what would make your life more fulfilling?
8. Do you believe in God or in the concept of a higher power? If so describe the most useful and empowering aspects of your relationship with God. If not, what reference points do you use?
Having acquired the human form of life, one must inquire about the Ultimate Reality. In the human being, consciousness , intelligence ind senses are fully developed. Thus, a human being is totally equipped to make the deepest inquiry: the spiritual inquiry. Inquiryis the fundamental quality of life. Everyone and everything inquires about something or the other. An amoeba inquires about the location of water and nutrients; a sunflower inquires about the location of the sun. In the course of human life, we experience different obstacles like sickness, unhappiness, old age, and many other varieties of suffering. We naturally search for solutions to these problems. Every question is a kind of inquiry. However unless a person is awakened to the position of questioning his true nature and the nature of the world, he is not to be considered a full human being. Humanity begins when this sort of inquiry is awakened in one’s mind. Inquiry is not only the beginning of wisdom, it is our purpose.