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Purpose of human life

 
 
Reply Sun 11 Apr, 2010 10:07 am
Purpose of human life

In the materialistic plane one person says that the aim of his life is to achieve a particular post and then help his family members. Some other person says that the aim of his life is to serve the mankind. We appreciate the second aim as higher than the first one. The highest aim of the human life can be known only in the spiritual plane. The sole aim of this creation is pleasing God through the entertainment. Every human being is a part of the creation and so the same aim applies to every human being also. The human being becomes fruitful if it serves the Lord and pleases the Lord through the service. Service means the sacrifice of work and sacrifice of the fruit of the work. Service is the proof of the real love.

The mother serves her child by sacrificing lot of work like giving bath, dressing etc., for years together continuously. The father serves the child by sacrificing the fruit of all his hard work to the child. It is a clear practical point that the proof of the real love is only service. If you serve your family you love your family. If you serve the entire world you love the creation. If you serve the creator, you love the creator. It is a very simple point.

Love is the attraction of mind towards anybody or anything. When the illness attacks the body you take so much care to serve your body. You love your body. Similarly you serve your father, mother, wife and children because your mind is attracted towards them. What is the first pre-requisite for this love? When you love your child, you are aware that a particular small living being is your child and you have the differentiating knowledge of your child from other children who are similar. Similarly, when you love God you must be aware of the form of God, who must be differentiated from other forms as your child is differentiated from other children. You are identifying your child by certain special characteristics like shape of the face, voice etc; you are not recognizing your child by the clothes, which it puts on. Other children put on such clothes also. Similarly, you must distinguish the Creator from the creation and then only love the creator. You cannot love the entire creation as the creator. Do you love all the children as your own children?

Therefore, the pre-requisite of love is the true knowledge and the inseparable identifying characteristics of an object by which you get attracted towards it. Therefore, what is the real form of God? And how it differs from other forms? What are the inseparable identifying characteristics of God? The answers for these questions constitute the detailed true knowledge of God. Only such true knowledge generates attraction and love. When you know the separate special details of Bombay, which are not seen in any other city, then only you are attracted to Bombay and like to see it.

Before proceeding to the identifying true knowledge of God, you must also know the purpose of your attraction towards an object. You love your child, and there is no purpose in it. You also love a doctor when you are ill. But that love is not real. It is not love at all. It is only artificial apparent love exhibited for a purpose. You want the doctor to help you. Therefore, true love is that when there is no purpose in it. False love is that in which purpose is present. Generally almost all the people love God because God is omni-potent. He has miraculous powers to do anything, which is impossible for any body on this earth. When a problem comes and when one fails to solve it by all the means existing in this world, one starts loving God to solve that unique problem. Therefore, you love the position or power of God and not the God. A poet shows lot of love and appreciation on a king in his spontaneous poetry because the poet loves the power and the wealth of the king. He expects the king to donate some land or to give him some money after being pleased with his poems. The poet does not love the person who is the king. He loves the king only. Will he write the same poems if the king looses his kingdom and becomes a beggar? In his poetry the poet praised that the king is very beautiful with sweet voice and infinite wisdom. These qualities still remain with the king even if he has become the beggar. But the poet does not praise the same qualities of that beggar because the beggar cannot donate anything to him. The post of the king and the kingdom are separable characteristics, whereas the qualities are inseparable characteristics.

You can easily identify the person by these inseparable characteristics and if your love on Him is real, you will love him whether he is a king or a beggar. Are you not loving your son and praise him whether he serves you or not? Sita garlanded and married Rama who will be the future king of Ayodhya. The love of Sita may be on Rama only or may be on the kingdom of Ayodhya for which she can become queen or may be both put together. Rama tested her love by discarding the kingdom and by going to the forest. Sita followed Rama to the forest. Her love was only on Rama and not on the kingdom. Ravana further tested this. Ravana offered her to become the queen. But she refused. Therefore, the love on God should be analyzed and should be decided whether God is loved or His omni-potent miraculous power is loved for our advantage. Some people want to take advantage in this world and some others want to take the advantage in the upper world so that they can be protected from the hell. In both cases the love on God is not true. It is only the love on his associated power. Sankara says that the true love on God should not have any desire related to this world or to the upper world (Ihaamutra Phala Viragah). If the love is on the power of the God only what is the use of the real form of God or the inseparable characteristics of the God?

The poet loves anybody as the king. For him anybody on the thrown is beautiful and is very wise. In such case if the king donates the desired land or cash by seeing the poem written by a poet, the poet does not bother to see or talk with the king. Therefore, when we love God's power for some advantage, we need not worry about His form or in seeing or talking with God. You can just chant the prayers. He responds to your prayers and your desire is fulfilled. In such case one need not see the God and the God also does not want to see his or her bloody face.

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Philis
 
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Reply Tue 31 Jan, 2012 01:25 am
@dattaswami cv,
Micah: O' Lord what is it that You require of me, but to do justic, love mercy and walk humbly with Your God.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 31 Jan, 2012 05:15 am
@dattaswami cv,
Why would one assume that there must be a purpose? Existence is it's own justification.

I object to the religious tags here. Just because someone asks such a question, it is not reasonable to assume that the question can only have religious significance. Ontology can be philosophical in nature, too, or it can be seen as a dodge--a meaningless exercise.
igm
 
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Reply Tue 31 Jan, 2012 12:00 pm
@dattaswami cv,
dattaswami cv wrote:

He responds to your prayers and your desire is fulfilled. In such case one need not see the God and the God also does not want to see his or her bloody face.

Does he and is it?
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JLNobody
 
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Reply Tue 31 Jan, 2012 04:26 pm
The only purpose I see in human life is that which we humans create for ourselves. No purpose awaits us when we are born.
vikorr
 
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Reply Wed 1 Feb, 2012 07:30 pm
@JLNobody,
Well, it could be argued that we (mostly) all have inbuilt genetic purposes - to survive, to find shelter/comfort, to socialise, to procreate etc.

Other than that - I agree that we make our own purposes, and assign meaning to our genetic purpose.
thack45
 
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Reply Wed 1 Feb, 2012 08:32 pm
@Setanta,
Setanta wrote:

Why would one assume that there must be a purpose?
it helps some people... used to help me, i guess.

every person i've ever actually talked to around this subject has had some level of a "karmic" view of humanity

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maxdancona
 
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Reply Wed 1 Feb, 2012 08:34 pm
@dattaswami cv,
God's first command in the Bible is "Be fruitful and multiply".

The purpose of human life is sex.
JLNobody
 
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Reply Wed 1 Feb, 2012 09:02 pm
@vikorr,
Right. I was thinking of "purpose" in the sense of plans in the more lofty sense of intentions and ambitions. I refer to inbuilt genetic purposes as instincts and drives.
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JLNobody
 
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Reply Wed 1 Feb, 2012 09:06 pm
@maxdancona,
And we might keep in mind that when that commandment was ascribed to Yaweh, all human populations were small.
maxdancona
 
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Reply Wed 1 Feb, 2012 09:11 pm
@JLNobody,
Which is why now the Good Lord has given us condoms.
JLNobody
 
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Reply Wed 1 Feb, 2012 09:18 pm
@maxdancona,
Because we are now overpopulated?
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igm
 
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Reply Thu 2 Feb, 2012 06:10 am
For a traditional Buddhist, the purpose of human life, is to put an end to suffering, by removing its root cause. Any questions?
Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 2 Feb, 2012 06:45 am
@igm,
Yeah, i've got a question. Why, after thousands of years, doesn't it work?
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maxdancona
 
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Reply Thu 2 Feb, 2012 07:07 am
@igm,
Quote:
the purpose of human life, is to put an end to suffering, by removing its root cause.


The root cause of human life.... that would be sex, right?

In that case, I don't think I like Buddhism too much, although there do seem to be lots of little Buddhists running around.
igm
 
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Reply Thu 2 Feb, 2012 07:21 am
@maxdancona,
maxdancona wrote:

Quote:
the purpose of human life, is to put an end to suffering, by removing its root cause.


The root cause of human life.... that would be sex, right?

In that case, I don't think I like Buddhism too much, although there do seem to be lots of little Buddhists running around.


The root cause of suffering is what is to be removed not the root cause of human life.

In answer to you question if you define 'sex' correctly then what you assert appears to be true.

To reiterate... the purpose of human life, is to remove the root cause of suffering, if you are a traditional Buddhist. Any questions?
maxdancona
 
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Reply Thu 2 Feb, 2012 07:24 am
@igm,
If you get rid of human life, haven't you removed the root cause of suffering?

Dead people don't suffer.
Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 2 Feb, 2012 07:25 am
@igm,
igm wrote:
Any questions?


You must not be paying attention.

Setanta wrote:
Yeah, i've got a question. Why, after thousands of years, doesn't it work?


Millions of people in Buddhist countries suffer--they suffer malnutition, they suffer rape, they suffer murder, they suffer political oppression. Meanwhile, Buddhist monks grow fat and happy in their monestaries.

So, once again, why, after thousands of years, hasn't it worked?
igm
 
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Reply Thu 2 Feb, 2012 07:40 am
@maxdancona,
maxdancona wrote:

If you get rid of human life, haven't you removed the root cause of suffering?

Dead people don't suffer.


The Buddha taught that there is no such thing as non-existence, therefore death is not the end to suffering. This is what traditional Buddhists can understand by contemplating the Buddha's teachings.

So, death will not remove the root cause of suffering.

Any questions?
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igm
 
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Reply Thu 2 Feb, 2012 07:41 am
@Setanta,
Setanta wrote:

igm wrote:
Any questions?


You must not be paying attention.

Setanta wrote:
Yeah, i've got a question. Why, after thousands of years, doesn't it work?


Millions of people in Buddhist countries suffer--they suffer malnutition, they suffer rape, they suffer murder, they suffer political oppression. Meanwhile, Buddhist monks grow fat and happy in their monestaries.

So, once again, why, after thousands of years, hasn't it worked?


You're correct I was not paying attention and missed your post.

Buddhism works by removing the root cause of suffering.

Any questions?
 

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