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Aim of Life


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Aim of Life

Origin of Life

It is very difficulty say when the Life originated on this universe.There are 84 lacs of species. What appears to us as material,earthly,flesh-bound life is in reality divine.Our Life is a very valuable, precious gift of the God.Man is called as a master of all animals (i.e. living beings). According to Darwin's theory of evolution the life from the single cell like Ameba has been evolved to the stage of a man after many many centuries of struggle for exisitence. Our life is the musical expression of the God`s love and his blessing. There are many thinking on the origin of life.

Scientists think that life does not originate on our planet, Philosophers say that  life has its source in cosmic region,and theologians believe that the life is a gift of God.Our intuition says that life is something so ethereal, so subtle, so dissimilar to every material object hence matter cannot be its father.Our scientific reasoning tells to our commonsense that life is a wonderful force a guiding principle and is self-conscious. This self-consciousness operates at a very high degree and is endowed with the sense of right or wrong, good and evil.This sense of choosing the right , and good is seen only in the man and this sense is nothing but the "Dharma" or the righteousness, which occupies the paramount importance and position in all the religions of the world. There is a well-known verse in Mahabharat which says" In matters of food, sleep, and other physical needs man is par with animals. It is the sense of dharma, righteousness living with all its implications, that differentiates him from animals. Man is in essence nothing but the spirit.

.Hence the origin of our life is not here but in heaven abode. There in the perfection of the Divine plenitude we are born. When we think that we are born in heaven, our mind can no longer be fascinated towards unevenly things. We are very much fascinated to know about the creator of this universe. At this stage a self-introspection starts to know whom am I? What is the force which upholds the universe? What is that by which we live, by which after death we live again? There is one infinite, eternal, changeless, Existence, the ALL from that ALL comes forth, to that all returns. "The one only without a second" (Chandogya.VI). People gave many different names to that ALL .The most ancient and well known and accepted name is "BRAHMAN". Western philosophers gave a name as God." God in his own nature." Man naturally bow down to this BRAHMAN the supreme power and started praising, worshipping by paying highest respect with humility. This shaped into the true supreme Divine love together with the steps leading to it is called Bhakti/Devotion. The Devotion is of the nature of love only because it is the opposite of the hatred and it is expressed by words, and deeds. The Bhakti is firm love.Shri.Madhwacharya the founder of the Dvaita philosophy has stated that there is no place for Bhakti in the form of hatred.Shri.Jayateertha in his "Nyayasudha" Defines Bhakti as under: "It is a continuous flow of love uninterrupted by thousands of obstacles, which is many a times dearer than one's own self and other belongings and which has the knowledge of unlimited, infinite, flawless, auspicious qualities of God." Man's love of God (Bhakti) should possess this quality of clinging firmly to God at all costs. It is only such a love that is capable of revealing to the soul his true relation to the God as his image (pratibimba)  .

 Our holy Scriptures explain that
" God is wisdom of the wise, intelligence of the intelligent ,knowledge of the seeker ,kindness of the kind, ahimsa of the ahimsatmak, love of the loving, truth of the truthful, the beauty of the beautiful( satyam Shivam  sundaram) , combination of all virtues and in fact, a mighty positive force."
Awaken to this inner consciousness, and we begin to experience mental equipoise returned to us ,suffusing our entire being with a new sense of well being. The realization begins to implode with meaning and awareness of life in all its depth and intricacy. The unbridled craze for material achievements tends to lose its momentum giving way to a new understanding of the universe, the purpose of our existence its ultimate goal. We begin to see ourselves as beings more sublime, subtler, and more substantive, now reaching beyond the confines of our narrow self-image in an effort of self-transcendence.
Spiritual awareness is a super sensory process of self-introduction of an individual to his own self, to knowing what he is and what he really ought to be. Spiritual life opens the gateway to Truth.It leads one to the realization of God through knowing himself or self realization. To know the real nature of this spirit the universal self of all in its very essence , is the Aim/Goal of the Life, the purpose of the human birth.

(To be Continued)



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