What is the purpose of life?


If everything was really haphazard and pointless, then asking “What is the purpose of life?” would itself be meaningless. But practical experience tells us there’s a reason for everything, even though sometimes it’s not obvious:

“Who left a mess in the kitchen?” (somebody did)

“I dunno.” (I don’t want to admit it was me)

To ask “why?” shows we’re willing to accept there is a purpose behind something, and a consciousness (or person) behind that purpose.

A reporter once asked Srila Prabhupada about the purpose of life. His quick reply: “The purpose of life is to enjoy.”

anandamayo ‘bhyasat
(Vedanta-sutra 1.1.12, quoted in Srimad-Bhagavatam 9.24.58, Purport)

Our real, spiritual nature is to seek enjoyment. That’s what everybody does. The Vedas talk about the purpose of life in great detail: Krishna is the cause of all causes, the Supreme Enjoyer, and He expands Himself unlimitedly to make unlimited enjoyable relationships possible. That’s what He does.

If we want to enjoy, there are basically two ways to go about it:

1) the self-centered approach, and

2) the Absolute Truth-centered approach.

Way #2 to act in harmony with the ultimate purpose, with reference to an ultimate creator and controller—is called bhakti-yoga—real spiritual life. This results in actual (permanent) enjoyment.

Way #1 assumes “no God, no ultimate purpose,” or “it’s all about me,” and hopes “everything will turn out the way I want.” This results in hit-or-miss, short-lived “happiness” (and depression when it’s all over). This is materialistic life.

For more info on this topic, check out Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 15, verse 7

Source- Krishna.com

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. freespiritsunited
    Dec 29, 2011 @ 11:52:02

    great post

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  2. Avneesh Sharma
    Dec 29, 2011 @ 12:05:16

    This one is really really awesome…love it…

    Reply

  3. Burhan
    Dec 30, 2011 @ 09:57:55

    Nice one….

    Reply

  4. Zach
    Dec 30, 2011 @ 13:07:06

    Stimulating post…but is the enjoyment derived from indulgence or self restraint?

    Reply

  5. khushjenny
    Dec 30, 2011 @ 16:57:08

    Its really very important to know the purpose of our life.. Thanks for sharing inspiring post🙂

    Reply

  6. Sowm
    Dec 30, 2011 @ 22:46:18

    Hey Varun, I bumped into your blog browsing the web. And I am glad I did🙂 Very interesting! Coincidentally, I had written about the purpose of life a few days back as well — http://sowmyatta.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/purpose-of-life/
    Although I am still searching…🙂

    Reply

    • inspirationaldaily
      Dec 31, 2011 @ 13:19:36

      Hi Sown, If you really want to end your Search, please go for Bhagavad-Gita As It Is by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

      Reply

      • roopa
        Jan 23, 2012 @ 17:51:31

        hi sowm and varun, i too have searched about this topic. some time back what i have known is this – there is no real purpose for our life. our birth is just a random event in this entire universe. we have to live becoz we just cant end our life abruptly. bcoz it is against our survival instinct. the choice to lead our life is ours. miserable or as wonderful. trying to find a purpose and live accordingly, will restrict us to that particular abstract/ artificial purpose… so KHUL KE JIYO, KHUL KE HASO… just stop searching a purpose to your life and live every day and every minute to the fullest…

  7. Prateek
    Dec 31, 2011 @ 11:07:54

    Inspirational, profound post.

    Reply

  8. mj monaghan
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 01:33:35

    Without purpose, what is life, afterall? Good post.

    Reply

  9. inspirationaldaily
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 10:48:10

    Thanks.

    Reply

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