Posts Tagged ‘truth’

For more than 10 years now, I have been trying to get some understanding on a few deep topics like meaning and purpose of life, happiness and success. They have been haunting me for long now. I almost had my bets on the true purpose of life as “To exhaust it all (whatever lies within) to create the best you can!”
Then recently I read something on Buddhism and The Noble Truths leading into concept of control over feelings and got introduced to one very interesting concept. Fusion of Buddhism philosophy with Theory of Natural Selection. We (human beings and other living organisms) are wired to do things so as to improve our chances of survival. The origin of our feelings could be attributed to Natural Selection: ‘Fear’ when we feel threatened, ‘Love’ coz we ultimately want to pass on the genes to next generation and hence to improve our chances of survival, etc. We have evolved so much over last thousands of years that these feelings now come natural to us. That could be one of the reason we seek out material and worldly success – to prove our superiority over billions of other people > to be one of the promising candidate to pass on our genes and our legacy.
Assuming that all this is true and say Theory of Natural Selection is a Universal Principle. That means Universe is constantly trying to improve and evolve towards a better and more efficient form. Human life being one very small component of this ever evolving multi-verse. If this is true, purpose of any thing (living, non-living, micro-organisms or humans) should be to become more and more efficient and for us (human beings) it might boil down to improve chances of survival through any possible means – passing on the best genes, programming human genes, improving life span, exploring the outer space and settle humans in parallel worlds, etc.
All this is possible only if we acknowledge our desires/feelings and feed them – desire to do more, desire to achieve, desire to prove ourselves, etc. Till this point it still makes a some sense. Now the tricky part. With such desires come all kind of feelings – pain, disappointment, etc. And so the saints say that to be really happy we need to break away from these feelings through discipline, cessation, mindfulness, etc.
So, building further on above thoughts, two possible ways of living life could be:
1) To closely listen and feed your feelings – so as to do the best you can to improve chances of survival – do big things and make a dent. This is aligned completely to supposedly Universal Principle – Theory of Natural Selection.
2) To control your feelings, be mindful, be happy and break out of this whole cycle. No desire, no sadness, no disappointments. But I think it would be super hard to work against a Universal Principle. That’s why only few can actually follow this path.
Something inside me tells me that there is a third path as well:
3) Life of Excellence: Discover what lies within and use all your talents & resources to create whatever best you can. Think fine artists, sportsmen, etc.
I am torn as one part of me wants to be a super achiever and another part of me wants a reclusive life somewhere in a countryside.
At this point, I am not sure what the truth is. I have got a hunch that it lies somewhere in between the three triads, but have no clue how to triangulate them to find the only truth.
Any help (suggestions on books, people, articles, etc.) to push me towards The way of Life is more than welcome.
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‘It’s not what all you accumulate during your lifetime but what you leave behind really matters’… Just a passing thought.

So, what’s up today? Just, another regular day. But, before I start my usual day… there are few things that ‘I’ need to understand. How should ‘I’ spend this day? What should ‘I’ be doing today?

Why is this ‘I’ still so predominant in life? Why? Vedanta says that we should be unattached. Mera (mine), apna (ours), main (‘I’) and aham (ego) should be given away. This is how we should be… unattached to our worldly possessions, relationships, etc. and looking at all human being and humanity as one. This state is very difficult to attain. However, not impossible and one can achieve this in this very life. Look at some examples of Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, etc for inspiration. They devoted their complete lives to one goal and that was to serve humanity. That should be the guiding reason behind everything. That alone can give us immense potential. Goal is to realize the potential within and use it for benefit and upliftment of all. This is how things should be.

Now, higher philosophy tells us not to stick to the learning alone. We have to utilize this knowledge, understand our hidden potential and should go all-out to service humanity. We should not keep learning / understanding all this and keep mum. We should in fact use all this knowledge to uplift ourselves and benefit others. Procrastination and fear are two hurdles that are to be challenged and worked upon.

What to do then? What exactly should we take up as next steps? I think answer lies within each heart. All knowledge, readings, research, philosophies are just guiding maps which eventually leads you there – to your heart and soul within. As Steve Jobs said that, “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” And so, when should we do that? What is the best time – should we start doing this after attaining financial independence, after reaching some personal goals, after reaching some good position in work, etc.? What is the right time? We should do that right this moment. Though, one needs to be at certain level of understanding and consciousness to understand all this, but we can’t wait for eternity or for next month or next year. (Man can reach this state of consciousness by continuous reasoning and/or through belief/faith. Chose your calling but ‘end’ remains the same.) We should start working on things this moment. What we need to do should be done NOW itself. Close your eyes… think that in the end you are going to die… leaving behind all that is there to you, of you and with you… what is important then is to work for humanity and even if you are able to improve few lives your work is done. Touch as many lives as you can. Don’t wait! Just do a little introspection in a silent place and try to cut-off from all noise. Just you and your heart alone. There you can listen to your heart and that is when your heart can give you clues. Open up to those hints. Fear none! You are super human! You yourself are the One! You can achieve anything! Direct yourself and your energies to a cause higher than your own self. You can unlock the potential within. That alone is the purpose of life – “To unlock the highest potential within and direct it to service humanity”. Period.