Saturday, 3 December 2011

Meaning of Life

There are times when many of us sit back and ask ourselves the meaning and the purpose of our life. This philosophical question comes to our mind especially when we seek answers beyond the realm of our routine life. Though this question is answered by many religions across the globe, each and every individual has a unique meaning to their life. However, spiritually, religiously and philosophically the meaning of life is related to concepts of God, existence, karma, happiness, conduct, etc. A humanitarian answer to the purpose and the meaning of life is to live a good life by imbibing values like generosity, honesty, sincerity, morality etc.

It is natural to ask oneself the following questions: What is the meaning of life? What kind of a person I am? Where have I come from? Why have I been born? What is the origin of life? What is the purpose of my existence? What will happen after death? What is the significance of life? And many more such questions arise when we think about the true meaning of our life…

Most of us question the meaning and the purpose of our life especially when we are unhappy and depressed. There are many people who feel that there is no purpose to their life because they feel useless and unimportant. However they forget that this is just a phase of life. Every human being has a purpose to be born on this planet. The true meaning of life is to identify that purpose. No one can identify that purpose for you but it is that which makes you happy, it is that which contributes to development and progress, it is that that makes this world a better place to live in, it is that which spreads happiness, it is that purpose which truly makes you live and experience life in all possible ways.

On a more practical purpose, the meaning of life is some is to contribute something to the society, for others is to be creative, for some it may be to acquire wealth, to be powerful, and for some it may be to stay happily with friends and family. In general the meaning of life is to experience it, to feel all different emotions and to spread love and harmony. Each man and each woman creates their own essence of life which is not determined by anyone.

There are many theories that propose the meaning of life. Different philosophies highlight different aspects of the meaning and the purpose of life. One theory called Legalism suggests that it is futile to think about finding the purpose of life. To this set of believers, only practical knowledge was valuable, which is related to the function and performance especially that of the state. According to Hinduism, meaning of human life consists of love, desire, wealth, prosperity, righteousness, duty, morality, virtues, ethics, beliefs, truth and above all liberation from the cycle of birth and death. According to another theory, the true meaning of life may is to be able to use our body to achieve self-realization and bliss. 

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