‘The meaning of life has no relevance in the past but is of the present.’
The most prominent philosophers, the organised religions and spiritual teachers have all tried to extract a meaning to life or a meaning of life. However, even trying to attempt to find a meaning of life is a meaning in itself. It is such a paradoxical cycle that you have to truly be a witness, a person who is outside the act of thinking and this awareness finds the very meaning to life. The one aspect of finding meaning to life is to attach ourselves to a concept of religion. Religion has constantly endeavoured to find a purpose to human life. They wanted to find something that would answer everyone’s questions and benefit all. However, with the growing force of organised religion the meaning has got lost in countless rituals, continuous acts of pilgrimages and constant chanting or bowing in prayer. The problem with this is that the acts get worshipped but not the inner intention. Therefore, true religion has had to make sure those rituals, pilgrimages and constant chanting has to be removed. It is said that silence is the answer to all the questions. Maybe silence is the meaning of what life is truly about. Maybe it is about in taking all of life’s beauty and complexity and simply allowing it to flow. The flow of life is what is breathtaking and it literally is. Our battle to understand why are we here and living in this body? Why am I living in this family? Why am I working in this job? Is this my achievement in life? Where does the concept of achievement come from? Is it to become the best person, this continuous battle of mental survival? Forget about the physical survival of mankind, there is also the mental survival as we all strive to be better than the other. However, what if we are all interconnected? If we are all connected, if someone is more mentally strong or has more of a mental capacity to absorb knowledge and extract meanings then eventually we can learn from those people. This is the basic purpose we all need to have: to learn. Learning is beautiful and eventually even though learning will be continuous, it will find an eventual end because although you may not know everything but everything you do know is enough for you to be peaceful. Hence, maybe the meaning of life is to be peaceful? If it is to be peaceful then shouldn’t love and unity be at the forefront of life not only in slogans but in the living practice of life? There is turmoil and that is especially in the mind and that will always divert our attention. If we do find the meaning of life and this is really and truly a very important question, would we care about living another second? I find that enlightenment is the objective and subjective end of all questions and answers.
There is a concept called cosmic consciousness that has been accepted by some and I always call it formless consciousness. Formless consciousness is the energy that is required in everything, it is the source of everything. However, this is the answer but how to get to the answer? You have to think inwardly, without the naked eye and think what am I? Who am I? Why am I here? What am I going to do here? The thing is that if I say it as it is, it may look a little less poetic but there is no ultimate meaning to life except death. Death is the defining line of all questions and no matter what we all will face it. The quicker your accept death then I can say with guarantee that the answer to the meaning of life is not really that far from your mind. It is the soul/mind that conceptualises the meaning. The body just lives and requires itself to look after itself. The mind/soul looks at the more complex beauties of life. It knows that it has to articulate a meaning from somewhere. However, there is a fear to knowing. If we know then all our previous beliefs will be shattered. The important aspect of this is that we are all attached to our beliefs. Even if there is ample of proof and evidence against it, we would try and fight and stick to what we believe. You cannot allow your doubts to appear and all for the right reasons because the way you live is at your comfort. Whatever your are comfortable with is what makes you happy. Hence, beliefs keep a lot of people happy. Although, it is not needed to find the meaning because belief is still something you truly doubt from within. A belief is always something you have seen from another person and you pretend and garb it as your own truth. The fact is that knowing something that is your own truth is the only thing that will truly mean something to you. It is great that you read this and may think that I have said something good but in my opinion it is bad. It is bad because I know I have found the meaning to life but I know you are looking for a shortcut. There is no shortcut and whoever is looking for a shortcut is only going to find the quest of knowledge becoming long and tiresome. Thus, leading to the ultimate tool of finding the meaning of life is to live truly in the present.
Now this is a hard thing because everything we perceive may trigger memories, however, who needs memories? They have been lived and we remember them because without ourselves consciously knowing they actually make sure we do not grow. Memories can retain growth but memories can also encourage growth. It does come down to your intentions. Your intentions shape up what you are going to find. To live in the present then you have to be empty. Seriously, you need to be full of emptiness because you cannot fill it with anything great unless you have emptied your mind. You don’t need to know what is right or wrong. You do not need to know what is needed. You do not need to know what is essential. You don’t need to know what will make other people happy. You let them live and find their meaning. The truth is that only you can find your meaning to your own life. Nobody else and even if they try to they will fail. A guru will only be an example to you, now you can use the example and formulate your own answer but ultimately, either you can copy and not attain or formulate your own answer and attain. The attainment is the product of your enlightenment. Enlightenment will bring you to the attainment of the meaning of life.
In conclusion, the meaning of life is only going to be your projection. However, the harsh reality is that even though you will find the meaning of life, it will mean nothing. It has to mean nothing because you are part of this universe. You were always full of meaning and it is you that has always felt that there is a void within you. You have felt that maybe some great ritual, mantra, worship, pilgrimage, prayer, charity would help you achieve the meaning of life. However, I tell you to empty yourself off such things because you have been full of unnecessary trash. You have to empty your heart and mind to accept the beauty of life. When you know the beauty and can see it in its complete radiance, in all its colours and sounds then you will be fragranced with the meaning of life.
Rahul N Singh
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