Have you ever actually wondered, what is it that brought you here as the most intelligent creature on this planet? You could be a dog, a cat, a frog, or a donkey for that matter. But you are born as a HUMAN BEING. The most privileged and luckiest living creature on this planet. The question remains the same. Why are you born? Everything happens for a reason, it is said. What is your reason?
Some people find their reasons very early and some find it later on in their lives. It’s all about the timings, you see. So, let’s consider that our purpose is our ultimate destination. The task is to complete the journey to reach where we are destined to be. I strongly believe that our whole life is a Brahm or illusion as we call it. We are all trapped in this illusion of life and death. The basic purpose is to get out of this Brahm and to attain the ultimate Moksha or Mukti. To get liberated from this cycle is what is the ultimate purpose. The meaning of moksha as per Hindu traditions means gaining Mukti, liberation from the bondage of karma… from the vicious cycle of birth and death forever! This becomes possible when human beings after establishing absolute control over five senses and mind reached the stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi- the stage of nothingness. This stage is of absolute wisdom!
To put an end to this karma in the physical manifest life is not that easy! Surrounded by materialistic riches galore… prompted by a bloated ego… the wanton desires and greed for materialistic riches… most human beings fail to walk on what should be their actual purpose.
Nowadays, people mistake the idea of life purpose with their goals. What are goals s? They are activities conducted to get success in our lives. That is the part where karma comes into focus. Karma is work that you did- good or bad, your deeds. Moksha is something you attain after you are free from karma. So how can moksha- your ultimate purpose be fulfilled with your karma?
As per sacred Bhagwat Geeta of Hinduism, the only truth of life is the existence of the Atman or soul. ExceExcept Atman, nothing else exists in the whole of the cosmos! As per Advaita Vedanta’s theory of Hinduism, Brahman (termed God Almighty) is the only truth of life in the cosmic system. God is the ultimate truth. Beyond the existence of Brahman, nothing else exists in the whole cosmos! And our purpose should be to surrender to the Brahman.
In Bhagwat Geeta, Chapter 18, Hymn 66-
सर्वधर्मान्परित्यज्य मामेकं शरणं व्रज।
अहं त्वां सर्वपापेभ्यो मोक्षयिष्यामि मा शुच:॥
To conclude, life has its meaning in many different terms. It depends on how you take it. Attaining liberation from all the materialistic possessions, from this glamorous world, should be the ultimate purpose of a human being.