Updated: Dec 7, 2020
What is the purpose for us being here?
The subject is goal of life. Is there a purpose for us being here?
If we look at the whole universe - the stars, the moon, our planet earth, several types of animals and plants, animate and inanimate objects—everything has a purpose.
A mountain has a purpose. A river has a purpose. A tree has a purpose. A rose has a purpose. A thorn also has a purpose. Each and every type of animal has a purpose.
You and I also have a purpose.
How does each and everything in this universe meet its purpose?
If we look at the sun or the moon, they move in a particular orbit in a particular fashion. When the sun rises and sets, when full moon or eclipse arrives, when seasons come and go, when the air cools and warms, etc. All these follow a cosmic rhythm, deliver a particular function, and are predictable.
Take the trees for example; some live for thousands of years, some hundreds. They act as balancing agents and also nourish other plants and species. Similar is the case with each type of animal. They deliver the single or multiple functions that they are supposed to in a perfect manner. If any of them deviate from their functions or purposes, an imbalance in nature results. In other words, they are meeting their purpose, without necessarily being aware that they are doing so!
Then, for human being, for each and every one of us, what could be our purpose of life? For this, each one of us has to look within and find his/her own purpose.
Uniqueness of human being and meaning of life
When it comes to human being, we have a thinking faculty that differentiates us vastly from other species on the planet. While others don't have the thinking faculty of knowing itself and improving itself, not only can we understand our own purpose of life we can also align ourselves to the purpose of life in order to improve ourselves and reach the goal.
We can set a direction for our life, and we can utilize our thought in such a way so as to navigate ourselves to the destination we set out for.
Our life is on this planet a journey for a certain duration. Whatever time we have spent so far, it is already lost. Even a second cannot be regained. Now in this remaining duration, we have to make a journey. To make this journey, we have only the remaining time. If we understand this point, and set a goal for ourselves, then our life is going to be meaningful.
If you want to have a meaningful life and want to understand its meaning, somebody else is not going to set your goal of life. You have got to set your goal of life.
Present day challenges in goal setting
The present day challenge is that the general environment does not allow us to think deeply about our inner aspiration and the real purpose of life.
Today we are exposed to so much input from media, mobile phone, and the internet. There is so much Information. The sensory inputs are very high. In fact, we are fully occupied by our senses. At any given moment of waking time, we are either seeing something, watching something, reading something, listening to something, or doing something. Before we may think of anything, several options are already given to us, and we are made to think in those dimensions only. The point is that we are not having the time and mental space to think about ourselves or about our inner aspirations.
The result of processing so much input and information that is thrust upon us is that we lose time. In addition to this, we often are stressed out and lose our emotional balance. Our work in day-to-day life is becoming inefficient because the ability to focus attention on the task at hand is becoming difficult. This has become a common phenomenon for almost all age groups, not just the younger generation.
What is goal of life – Happiness to one and all
Now we have to come to a common agenda. What is goal of life?
Happiness. Happiness to one and all.
The point here is, how do you define happiness?
My happiness gives unhappiness to another person. That is not happiness.