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Bhagavad gita and purpose of human life

Bhagavad gita and purpose of human life

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Bhagavad gita and purpose of human life

  1. 1. PURPOSE OF HUMAN LIFE AND BHAGAVAD GITA Dr.T.V.Rao MDWhen think of our life there are three events, which are certainrealities, birth, our living and definitely the death. All of us weregifted with great mystery of life that is our living in the world. WHATIS THE PURPOSE OF HUMAN LIFE?This is the question that has beenasked by every human that had lived on this planet. What is thepurpose of life? Is it to live, work and die or there is something moreto it than this? When we attain few years of age, we start realisingthe realities of the world. Many times we believe the religion andrituals influencedus, by the family, society we belong, apart fromunbound phenomenon the religion we belong.Man is an ensouledentity gifted with body, mind, and intellect. We take good care of ourbody for the sake of domestic, social, and political well-being.Intellectually, we have made strident advances. Man has successfullyexplored the earth, oceans, and space and has made atomic bombs.A single atom bomb can destroy millions. Strangely enough, with allhis achievements he remains ignorant about the prime source ofenergy from which his body and mind derive their strength - soul -his true self. We have so much identified with the body that we areunable to distinguish our soul from the body. With changing world,man imagines of materialism as source of happiness, as technologycreates illusion to happiness, however technology has become partof everyone’s life. Many of the Hindus believe in Karma, law ofretribution, the Hindu doctrine says,first the destiny is created, andthen life is given. Other creatures cannot choose or change anything;they just have to go through it. Humans have intellect and Viveka, sohumans can decide to do something or not to do it. Therefore thepurpose, the sense of human life, is greater. Eating, sleeping and
  2. 2. creating children – animals are also very active in. If humans donothing else than this, then there is little difference between animalsand humans. Humans have more obligations, a greater purpose inlife. Even many intellectuals, the teachers, and Doctor too becomehunters for positions and money worshippers;ifwe think a little whatthe society expects from us a ray of knowledge. The main purpose ofhuman life is Gyana, to gain knowledge. Knowledge means AtmaGyana, self-realisation. If you die without this you have failed yourpurpose. It means you fail the human life; in order to achieve thoseknowledge humans should lead a very Sattvic life.“You will never besatisfied completely by all worldly enjoyments. It does not matterwhat you do, the next day you are longing again for something.” Isthere anything that you can take and through this you will not haveany longing anymore? – Yes, there is something! When you get amiserable failure that’s called a karmic slapmany of us facing difficultsituations to live with dignity and honour. But this you will get, if youwant it or not.Human philosophies and Religions have notsatisfactorily explained what the purpose of life is. But there is asuperior wisdom that can tell us the truth about this matter.Hinduism continues to guide the humanity irrespective of religiousbelief, Human life is given to realise the Self. Realise Gyana. Withoutknowledge we are like animals. Therefore Adi Shankaracharya said:“Know Thyself.” All relationships, all belongings, nothing will helpyou. All will remain here. It is called a blind Moha (attachment) tocling on to worldly relationships and things.The purpose of thishuman life is to understand that we are not this body, but we arespiritual by nature and eternal servants of the Supreme Lord. Byunderstanding this, we have to revive our lost loving relationshipwith God. And our duty is simply to do those activities that will helpthis realization and revive our love for Supreme power that many callas God, as mentioned in the scriptures. Other duties are not
  3. 3. contradictory or independent but simply subsidiary to this primeduty. No individual in the universally created equally, the destinyguides which wecall it Karma, so we mean, we have no control onthe future. The Bhagavad Gita teaches to be compassionate towardsall living beings, thus love all living beings. This means don’t beenvious or hateful of others. Be friendly to others, be nice to others,be kind to others, be generous to others, be merciful to others, andbe charitable to the needy.So don’t get too attached to thistemporary body and material life. We are designing our next bodywith the actions you are taking now. The world is running today onthe principle of I alone create and enjoy. This consciousness is “I am.”Then what am I? In contaminated consciousness “I am” means “I amthe lord of all I survey. I am the enjoyer.” The world revolves becauseevery living being thinks that he is the lord and creator of thematerial world. Material consciousness has two psychic divisions.One is that I am the creator, and the other is that I am the enjoyer.Many of us are practising their own religion and hating others thetruth remain, men must be intelligent to realize the importance ofhuman life and refuse to act like ordinary animals. A human beingshould realize the aim of his life, and this direction is given in allscriptures, and the essence is given in Bhagavad-Gita. If we believe "Iwas born in the darkest ignorance, and my spiritual master openedmy eyes with the torch of knowledge. I offer my respectfulobeisance’s unto him." I truly believe the Almighty makes ourpassage in this world less turbulent that is essence in practiceofHINDU DHARMAand preaching’s ofBAGAVAD GITA.Email:doctortvrao@gmail.com

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