The meaning of life is rooted in the philosophical and religious conceptions of existence, social ties, consciousness, and happiness. Emerging research shows that meaning in life predicts better physical health outcomes. Greater meaning has been associated with a reduced risk of diseases. Why are we here? We are here anyway so live the life to the fullest. Fullest means giving maximum contribution to the world. Some of the well-known views on purpose of life are as follows:
Neuro-science describes reward, pleasure, and motivation are the main focus of human life.
Plato suggested the meaning of life is in attaining the highest form of knowledge.
Life’s purpose in Christianity is to seek divine salvation through the grace of God and intercession of Christ.
In Islam, man’s ultimate life objective is to worship the creator Allah(God) by abiding by the Divine guidelines revealed in the Qur’an.
In Hinduism individual person is a reflection of God, is a part of God and it is the rightful pursuit of a person to fulfill four objectives life: (Dharma, Artha,Kama and Moksha). Dharma recommends righteous and regulated living. Artha means acquiring wealth, prosperity and glory. Kama includes fulfillment of wish, desire, love and sensual pleasure. When one realizes the futility of temporary gratification, one eventually seeks moksha (liberation). According to Hinduism all these four are equally important. If any one of these objectives is done half-heartedly life will remain incomplete. Balancing and fulfilling these four objectives is the highest duty of human being.
There’s a zen proverb that says “Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water” and I consider this saying often. No matter how much you understand or don’t about your life, you still have to do the living.
Socrates said “the life that is unexamined is not worth living”
Writer Maya Angelou said: “Since age two I’ve been waltzing up and down with the question of life’s meaning. And I am obliged to report that the answer changes from week to week. When I know the answer, I know it absolutely; as soon as I know that I know it, I know that I know nothing. About 70 percent of the time my conclusion is that there is a grand design. I believe that the force that created life is betting that human beings will do something quite wonderful–like live up to their potential.
I am influenced largely by Blaise Pascal and his wager. Pascal advises us to bet on the toss of a coin that God is. If we win, we win eternity. If we lose, we lose nothing. I’m looking out a large window now and I see about 40 dogwood and maple and oak and locust trees and the light is on some of the leaves and it’s so beautiful. Sometimes I’m overcome with gratitude at such sights and feel that each of us has a responsibility for being alive: one responsibility to creation, of which we are a part, another to the creator–a debt we repay by trying to extend our areas of comprehension.”
Spiritual master Amit Ray said “You are here to evolve and make your consciousness high.You are here to dance, sing and celebrate life. You are here to help others to make their life happy. We are here not to compete, but to learn, evolve and excel. We are not here to make divisions in the name of prophets and religions. We are here to encompass the world with love and light.” – Amit Ray
Boxing champion Muhammad Ali said ” All the wealth on this earth, all the wealth under the earth and all the wealth in the universe is like a mosquito’s wing compared to the wealth we will receive in the hereafter. Life on earth is only a preparation for the eternal home, which is far more important than the short pleasures that seduce us here. We have stopped under this tree of life for a short while. We have stopped under a tree of temporary comfort. We have enjoyed its shade. One day life on earth will end and a new world will be resurrected. On that day the entire record of our good and evil deeds will be presented before God for final judgment.”
37th US. President Richard Nixon said “Unless a person has a reason to live, he dies-first mentally and then physically. Self-gratification is not an adequate reason to live. Only a life lived for others is worth living. We cannot live a full life unless we have a purpose bigger than ourselves. We all cannot expect to be great philosophers, scientists, statesmen or business leaders. But we must always seek to reach up and reach out to achieve our full potential. Some of the most heroic lives are lived by those who cope with the tragedy, adversity and daily drudgery of life and rise above it. It is a mistake to assume that we can ever achieve perfection. But it is an even greater mistake to cease trying. Without risk there will be neither success nor failure. As Thomas Aquinas observed: If the primary aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.”
The power of the God is the ascending energy. Those who know God consciousness are on the upward flow of energy; they are awakening to the God, to the power of the Light and Sound, to the greater God of all life. I will discuss quotes in an effort to show you that you are God, and that if you understand these quotes then it is actually in alignment with the truth of the teaching to believe that you are God.
God has not called me to be successful; He has called me to be faithful.- Mother Teresa
There is a God part in you. The consciousness. The pure Self. Learn to listen the voice of that Power. – Amit Ray
There is one thing, and only one thing, in which it is granted to you to be free in life, all else being beyond your power: that is to recognize and profess the truth.” ― Leo Tolstoy
Power of calming, grounding and restorative
Originally posted on Simply Blessed:
These are two useful mindfulness tools from my “greatest hits” of 2014. I still practice both of these. The first is very calming, grounding and restorative, and useful also with nighttime wakefulness. The other is a great one from Tara Brach, helpful when thoughts are regretting the past or projecting into the future – it is an instant pivot! Finally, I conclude with something new, and equally impactful, from Byron Katie.
“Take your thumb and connect it with your pinky, take 5 deep breaths, in through the nose, out through the mouth. Do the same with your ring finger, then your middle finger, then your index finger. Then finally, bring all 5 fingers together and take 5 deep breaths.” (excerpted from thespirtscience.net)
This last greatest hit from 2014, is just one simple question quoting the mindfulness teacher, Tara Brach. I put this question on one of my homemade “well…
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1. “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” ― Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness
2. “I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.” ― Mother Teresa
3. “There are many goals but one path – the path of compassion.” – Amit Ray
4. “In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert,
5. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ― Aesop
6. “The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
7. “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” ― Gautama Buddha
8. “We have to make mistakes, it’s how we learn compassion for others.” ― Curtis Sittenfeld, American Wife
9. The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
10.“Beauty is the purest feeling of the soul. Beauty arises when soul is satisfied.”
― Amit Ray, Nonviolence: The Transforming Power
11. “When you find yourself in need of spiritual nourishment, it is in the opportunities to serve others that you will find the abundance you seek.” ― Steve Maraboli,
12. “At times anger will trigger harsh words. After a cooling period wisdom sets in; finally, the ability to speak from the heart with love and compassion.” ― Ana Monnar
13. “We often get caught up in our own reactions and forget the vulnerability of the person in front of us.” ― Sharon Salzberg
18. “We all are so deeply interconnected; we have no option but to love all.” ― Amit Ray
19. “Ayurveda teaches us to love “as is” – not as we think people “should be.” ― Lissa Coffey
20. Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.- Henry Ward Beecher
21. “Simplicity, patience, compassion.These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.” – Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
We really are all experts at reading one another, having all practiced it all our lives. This doesn’t mean we can’t be fooled, by any means. But we are novice at reading our inner being. As your inner voice grows in clarity and strength, your inspiration will go up. Begin to attune to that inspiring station from within. Listen as it guides you to new levels of creativity and operation. Your inner voice will put few or no limits on your life. Only the many outer voices of others who allow them selves to live a life of mediocrity will do so. Listen to you inner instincts, not just to your mental reservations but to your body as well. Discomfort with a decision often manifests as physical symptoms such as nausea, agitation. You may easily miss these as signs that you’re uncomfortable with the decision you’ve made or are about to make, but if you pay attention you’ll likely find you have the same physical reactions to ignoring your inner voice time after time.
“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions draw out your own inner voice” – Steve Jobs
“Fly blindly, trust is full of magic. Let your wild voice guide the way.” ― Vironika Tugaleva
“If something on the inside is telling you that someone isn’t right for you, they’re NOT right for you, no matter how great they might look on paper. When it’s right for you, you will know. And when it’s not – it’s time to go.” ― Mandy Hale
“Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love light and compassion. Life will be beautiful.” – Amit Ray
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.- Socrates
Your greatest awakening comes, when you are aware about your infinite nature. – Amit Ray
Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more. ― Mother Teresa
A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born. ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry