Friday, September 26, 2008

What is the Purpose of Life? Sri Bhagavan Answers

Q: Bhagavan, what is the purpose of life and why have we come away from the light if we were once part of it?

Bhagavan: The purpose of life is to live. There cannot be any other purpose. But what it is to live, you have no idea about it. Enlightenment is to help you to live. You are not living now. You think you are alive. Actually I and the Dasas here, we can actually see that you are dead. We are only dealing with dead people. Only when you become enlightened you will really start living. You do not know how to live, that is the purpose of life.
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Now, why do we come away from the light? Some of you who have gone through the higher processes would be knowing, there are stages when you will feel that you alone exist. You alone exist. It is not such a nice thing. So how would God or the light continue to be like that? It has to bring about this creation, so that some kind of separation then we can start playing. So, you have basically come down to play and to enjoy. But nobody seems to be playing. Everybody has become serious. That is the unfortunate thing. Think of it. Billions of years of creation, complex processes, all that has happened, and what do you with your life, you sit in the office, put ink on paper and you are doing something. What is that? You are born and very soon you land up in school, you have to climb so many things, your homework, then quickly fall in love, quickly get married and then have children and take them to school, stand in a bus stop with tiffin carriers packed with the mid day meal. You rush through that and you come back home tired and you are not even able speak to your wife. What is all this? Your life is just terrible. The marvel is you continue to live and you will say you are enjoying life. That is the big miracle. I am seeing the whole world, it is full of miracles. And this is the miracle that you are performing. You get attached to property. To me do you know it is a miracle? How can somebody be attached to something, it is a miracle. Because that is empty, you are empty and you feel that you are so solid and you are so attached to it. It is indeed that you are performing your own miracles. So, life goes on, it is a mediocre life, and you have achieved a little bit of name and fame, and you are very satisfied with that, or you want more name and fame, but what is all this about really? It is all dead. A dead man, all these things are dead. There is no life in them. You don't live at all. Unfortunately you do not know what it is to live. And you think this is life and it goes on. I am not saying you should not do these things. You can do these things but still you can live. You can still go to office, you can still do all those things, you can still carry your tiffin carrier, run behind buses but it is a terrible society, but still you can live. But if you cannot live what is the point? So, my pain is that you are not living. That is why this whole work, to help you to live. To help you to really know what you are here for. You are here to have a good time, to play. Life is a game. It is a beautiful game and you must learn how to play, and you must play. People enjoy playing a game knows? But then all of you have become dead serious, you are serious about everything. If something goes wrong, immediately you collapse. But if it were a game would you collapse? You wouldn't. So the only way to make you live is to make you enlightened. There is no other go. Whatever form of enlightenment does not matter, but you must become enlightened. I don't want to go more into it because it gives me pain when I focus too much on that.

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Contemplative Questions

Here is a set of questions that would provoke you and put you through some soul searching. They are not about religion nor about ethics. They are merely about you.

They are not meant to serve as solutions nor are they meant to lead you anywhere. These questions are meant to serve as tools to discovering yourself.

1) Do you perceive the Presence of a benevolent force guiding, protecting and shaping your life? What name do you give that Presence? When did you best feel this Presence?

2) What is your opinion of God? Is your opinion drawn from religion, books, parents and or your personal experience of life?

3) Do you pray? Do they get answered? How often?

4) Do you think it is possible to relate to the Divine? What relationship would you opt?

5) Here is a story for you - Two fierce enemies once did a penance to placate god and receive boons vying with each other. God appeared to the first man and asked what he wanted. He said "give me twice of whatever you give my enemy". Then God appeared to the second one. Even before God could say anything he asked, "God, would you please tell me what my enemy asked for? On knowing his prayer request, he said, "then God, blind me in one eye."
Now what would you wish for yourself, your best friend and your worst enemy if God gave you a chance?

6) Have you ever experienced a coincidence or chance that seems to have involved so many people and factors that you can't stop wondering if a mastermind was behind this operation? If yes, do you savour the experience often and have you shared it with someone close to you?