So what is the purpose of our life and how can we find it?
Why does the “mind” come to this question? Is a difference in the way we approach questions traditionally given in textbooks or in any examinations in direct contrast to the questions that pertain to our life and mind?
Why does the mind ask this question?
It is said that the contents of the brain are the contents of its evolution. Evolution not only since your birth but the entire journey of your DNA. All that information, stored within your brain results from the series of a very long duration of experiences. The content of your mind comes from this journey. On this journey the mind has learned, the principle of cause and effect. These things will appear unrelated but you see that they are in fact one.
What is cause and effect?
Something happens in time and after a while its results follow. The process of cause and effect is time. Something happens, so that something else happens. The brain itself therefore becomes the product of time. From a single-celled organism, your brain has traveled a very long journey. It is picking up experiences along the way and containing all those experiences. Your body in fact, is the sum of all those experiences. You do something and the result follows.
The mind thinks life also must also have a result. And that result, we will call it a ‘purpose’. Something is happening or I am doing something in my life and at some point, there must be a result for this. A purpose gives a result and upon attaining it you can say, for example, that ‘you are successful’. This becomes the result of the conditioned mind. Just as the mind seeks a result in every activity that it does, it also thinks life inherently has a purpose.
“Just as the mind seeks a result, in every activity that it does, it also thinks life inherently also has a purpose.”
What does the brain want?
The brain only wants its continuation in time. That’s why every organism is eager to ensure its own survival. How? By eating and protecting itself first and second, by proliferating, producing more and more offspring. All its constituents are in time. That is why at a certain age you felt impulsive to reproduce. The sexual attraction is nothing but that, the tendency of the brain to ensure its survival and continuation in time. This is where we discover the law of duality–that the future is the projection of the past.
What is time?
Time is nothing but that which is encapsulated in the brain. Time is the human mind.
Do we ever bother to ask what is time and what is space?
We have already determined that time is the property of the mind. However, space and time is also the property of the mind. You see time and you see space. Your brain is hard-wired to look at it that way and but they do not both exist independently of your mind.
“Space and Time is the property of the Mind.”
There are three dimensions exist in the mind.
For example: I write the number ‘123’. What is the value of this number? This denotes a quantity. But what is the value of this quantity? Suppose I feed this number into three computer systems with the query asking how much is this? Do you think the response will be the same or different? Here’s the answer: While one computer may use a base 4 number system, another may use a base 8, and the third may use a base 16 number system. They are different. All the values of ‘123’ will not be the same. Now you may think ‘123’ is a definite number or a fixed quantity but in fact ‘123’ is neither a fixed nor a definite quantity. It all depends upon the compiler that is reading it.
Similarly, space and time doesn’t exist outside if you factor in external environments. They exist there but only in the mind. Your brain is configured to read space and time in a particular way. There may be other life forms that read it differently again and a five dimensional space may also be possible but it will appear differently too.
The brain always exists in time and it is always projecting the future.
What basis does it have to project the future? While we keep thinking we are dreaming of a new future, using terms like new ideas or a new future, the fact of the matter is, that all timely projections of the brain are based entirely upon the past and there is no new thought, no new idea, no new future.
“There can be no new thought, no new future.”
There can be no new idea, no new thought and no new future. The brain will pick up experiences from the past and want them again and it calls itself - the new future. But is this new? The brain will pick up experiences from the limited past, but it will almost always be a repetition in the future. Stale experiences! Dreams, hopes, future, purpose are nothing but the craving for the repetition of the past.
Why there is the craving for the repetition of the past?
The answer is simple. The brain did its journey safely till this point and the proof of this is that you are alive. The brain thinks - I have been able to journey till this point, what now! Or does it?
The past has been all right, let it be repeated.
Let the pleasurable moments from the past, let them be repeated.
I have traveled here safely; I am secure.
Let them be repeated.
I have taken this road once, and I have reached where I wanted to. I took an unknown road, and I reached safely, I reached safely where I wanted to.
Now what do I want to do? Will I try the new road?
The tendency of the brain will be to repeat it. I reached it once, so I will repeat it. When the brain thinks of all ambitions, desires, future, it bounds them to be stale, old, and repetitive.
Now, if such a mind, even if it dreams of some purpose in life, where does that thought come from? From the past, from something that it may have heard, from something it may have experienced.
The mind is the brain plus something else; could it be Intelligence?
Intelligence operates in the present and in present there is no purpose, to be anything but present.
There is no purpose in life except what is happening right now. Whatever you call as the purpose of your life will be your conditioning. You may say the purpose of your life is helping others, or liberation and you may dream thousand other stories, however the purpose of life is to create a vast empire, so that different people can have different thoughts and dreams in their lives.
Are you getting it yet?
Somebody’s purpose may be to attain heaven. And what will your heaven be like? Well, that all depends which religion you follow, a religion which has conditioned you. If you are deeply attached to your parents, you may say something else. If you are very patriotic, you may say something else. But whatever you say that will come from your attachments and identities.
There is no purpose, there is only this moment and living it. Those who are not living it are distracted and are making a fool of themselves. Don’t do that. Be present. Don’t lose this. There’s no other opportunity. Don’t squander it.
When you ask about the purpose of life, are you greatly joyful and immersed in something?
If you are, then that is it, you are complete. You will not require the need to ask for the purpose of life. Because you are into it. Immersed. Completely into it.
Being in love with the present.
This is love is not the same love that we feel in our families or friends, etc... It is not attachment but the complete understanding and complete contact. Whatever the purpose you come up with, it will come from your past and with that thinking you see that this becomes function of brain, in which produces the product of the evolution of time.
Intelligence does not operate in time. Where does it operate?
In the present. Right now. Past and future, are the doings of the brain. It is contained in the brain. The present is not the brain. In fact, the brain wants to run away from the present; it wants to take shelter in imaginations, hopes and dreams. That’s why most people prefer to be in dreams and thoughts; they are the convenient escapes from the present. Hence why we can behave erratically because of conditioning.
What makes you human?
Your intelligence makes you human.
However, fear is subjugating you. Fear has dominated you to the extent that it has stolen your identity. So despite you not being the doer, fear becomes the doer. You identify with the doer because you’re identified with the fear. The fear that is holding you back.
So the real question is here, is there really a purpose? Or is it an illusion of our mind?