Purpose of Life

Life

Just like an average Indian, I have lived an ordinary life achieving success and making it happen. But what is success really? My success so far has been defined by society.

From the day you are born, you are influenced by the people around you. Like Jim Rohn said – You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Society taught me that success is being well educated, getting a high-paying job and getting rich. Also, rich was not particularly associated with the bank balance, it’s the disposable income and material goods. The more expensive things you can buy, the trendier, the more respected (really envied) you are in the society. So wait, what did I learn here? Work your ass off, earn all that money and spend it so that you can rub it in your neighbors’ faces? Hah!

I did follow this for the longest time. I am still following it to be honest. Did well in school, earned my Bachelors in Engineering, moved to the United States to get my Masters in Engineering, got my dream job and am now doing well at work and getting paid well. But really, is this the real purpose of my life? I mean, I don’t think I was given birth as a human being just to earn money and keep working towards making more money. There has to be something more to life than just being a part of the rat race for money and the so called success. That can’t be it. 

That can’t be it. then what is it?

At 26, this might sound bizarre, but I don’t know what the real purpose of my life is. 2012 will be a pursuit to find that. I anticipate a lot of experimentation and a lot of ideas. Wish me luck 🙂

Hey by the way, what is your purpose of life?

13 thoughts on “Purpose of Life

  1. Hi Sown, I got your comment on My post in which you have started that you are still searching for the Purpose of Life. I recommending you a book please go for it and your search will be over.
    Book – Bhagavad-Gita As It Is – A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

  2. Let me ask you something, Sowmyatta. Why should there be any purpose in life at all? What if there is none, and maybe we wasting time looking for one?
    I am a philosophy student myself, and my belief is that whatever our traditions are make-believes. Maybe there is no purpose in anything. We just live and die, as simple as that.:)

    1. Very well could be. May be everyone’s purpose is to just live through the life and die. But if that’s the case, why are we human? Why do we have abilities that are good for more than just survival? Why do we have emotions?

      1. So you consider humanity an epitome of evolution? That might be true or may not. There were creatures before us, and they are extinct now. We just might another one of those species. Soon better creatures might evolve and we will just be a history lesson for them.

      2. No, I never said that humanity is the highest form of existence on earth. But it certainly is one of the higher forms. And what’s the point of having a higher intelligence, emotion and sociability if you don’t put it to any good use?

  3. Maybe we will never find out. Thousands of people who searched haven’t. But some people claim they have. Have they really? Or do they just feel: “There is no real purpose to life, let me just get other’s attention saying that I have found it out!”

    We will never know. Is trying to find out meaningless? Why can’t we just go on with our lives. We will find out at the end anyway (or will we?)

    At any rate, it is a great time in life to try out different things! Best of luck for your 2012! Keep posting…

    1. I am not talking about purpose of life on earth. What I mean is, the purpose of MY (or any one individual’s) life. It could be different for everyone. For A it could be to help the ones in need, for B it could just be using others to get rich. We just need to figure that out. I think that makes a life more meaningful. But that’s just me 🙂

  4. I found the most simplistic answer in the Paulo Coelho’s – The Alchemist. He calls it one’s ‘Personal Legend’.

    “It’s what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is. At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their destiny.”

    As a kid you might want to travel the world, be an artist, a writer or an astronaut. As you grow up, you get distracted by what you need rather than what you want. As the book says – “Parents would rather see their children marry bakers than shepherds.”

    “In the long run, what people think about shepherds and bakers becomes more important for them than their own destinies.”. The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and yet not loose sight of one’s Personal Legend.

    Our hearts betray us to some extent in this. They’re the ones that are most afraid of loss, which generally accompanies one’s quest for ‘Personal Legend’. It’s wise to listen to the heart…
    “Because you will never again be able to keep it quiet. Even if you pretend not to have heard what it tells you, it will always be there inside you, repeating to you what you’re thinking about life and about the world.”
    “Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.”

    “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”

    “In alchemy, it’s called the Soul of the World. When you want something with all your heart, that’s when you are closest to the Soul of the World. It’s always a positive force.”

    Once that conflict between our hearts and minds is resolved, it is our hearts that have the ability to read the omens (our instincts) and lead us to our treasures.

    “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

    So as in the song ‘To the sky’, “Take a breath of Myth and Mystery, and don’t look back”

  5. Im totally with you in that after 26 years i still dont know what exactly my purpose is, but i do know that it doesnt necessarily have to do with money, when i was younger that might have been how i was programmed to think, but not so much now. Maybe my purpose is just that-to try and figure out what is my purpose and that makes me content enough in my life to keep moving foward.

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