Purpose of Life


PURPOSE OF LIFE

 

 Author: Prabir

                Purpose of life differs from person to person.  For some, the purpose of life is to earn money.  For some, the purpose of life is to help the needy.  For some, the purpose of life is to educate the illiterate.  For some, the purpose of life is to save the animals.  For some, purpose of life is to save the environment.  For some, the purpose of life is to clean the city.  There are numerous examples to show how the people have chosen their purpose of life. 

                Once I went to Puri to see the Jagannath Temple.  I stayed in a hotel nearby sea for a week.  Every day I used to go to the beach to enjoy the turbulent waves of the sea.  There I came across a fellow.  From his dress he looked from a well off family.  Every day in the morning and evening he used to collect rags and waste materials from the coast.  He used to clean the coast till he was satisfied.  While cleaning the coast he never interacted with anybody.  His only moto is to clean the coast.  Bhagwat Gita’s lines suits here “Karam Kiyea Jaa, phal ki chinta mat kar”.
                There are umpteen examples in this world where the purpose of life is to work for the benefit of men kind.  Regarding purpose of life let us take the example of Mountain Man.  Dashrath Manjhi was a poor landless labourer in Gehlaur village, Bihar.  He carved a path of 110 meters long, 9.1 meters wide and 7.6 meters deep through a hillock using only hammer and chisel. The distance between Atri and Wazirganj is 75 kilometers.   With his efforts and hard work for 22 years he carved a road through mountain so that the village people can reach a doctor in time.  He worked in the fields on the other side of the hill.  One day his wife fell from the hills while bringing his meal.  She got seriously injured.  That day he decided to cut the hill.  He had to sell his goat, which meant a lower income for his family.  From his meagre savings he purchased a hammer and chisel.  He would start early in morning, chip the mountain for few hours, then work in the fields for his livelihood and come back to work on the mountain again.  The lyrics written by Rabindra Nath Tagore befits here “Akla cholo re”.  He would hardly sleep.  The villagers thought he had become mad.  Gradually they began to respect him and started donating food to his family.  He eventually quit his wage job and devoted whole time in digging the mountain.  In between his wife died.  After 10 years of hard work when people saw a cleft in the mountain some came to his help.  After 22 years of hard work Dashrath Manjhi, the landless labourer had broken the mountain.  He carved out a 360 feet long and 30 feet wide road.  Due to his relentless efforts; the doctors, schools and jobs were only at a distance of 5 kilometers.  Without any resources he laboured for 22 years and set an example for mankind.  Bihar Government allotted a land to him.  He donated the whole land to a hospital.  His village people even today worship him as Dashrath Baba.
                Now, the example of Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved lives of 669 Jewish children.  During the World War II, Hitler was killing the Jewish people in concentration camps.  Sir Nicholas Winton saved 669 Jewish children who became homeless.  He took them to England and helped them to find new homes.  Sir Nicholas never told the above incident to anybody, even to his wife. He kept the records of Jewish children with their names with photographs at his home.  There is a saying in Hindi which befits Sir Nicholas Winton’s nature.  “Neki kar dariya mein dal”.  One day Sir Nichllas’s wife while going through the old records she came across the documents related to Jewish refugee children.  She gave all the records to media people without the knowledge of Sir Nicholas.  The media people published the details of Jewish children.  After 50 years all the refugee children, who were grown up British citizens gathered to facilitate Shri Nicholas Winton.  They all thanked him for saving their lives.  Sir Nicholas throughout his life helped needy people and never disclosed that to anybody.  Sir Nihcholas was the person, who never wanted anybody should know about his benevolent deeds.  His purpose of life was selfless service to mankind.
                Let us take the example of Oskar Shindler.  He was a German industrialist.  During the World War II he used to supply arms to German Army.  During that period Hitler was killing Jews citizens in gas chambers.  He could not bear the killings of innocent Jews.  He decided to save lives of some of the Jews.  He paid huge bribe to German army officers for release of 1200 Jews prisoners.  He took Jews prisoners to Poland by train.  Oskar Shindler took a great risk.  If he was caught, Hitler would have executed him.  Luckily the war ended and he escaped the punishment.  He saved the lives of 1200 Jews at his own risk.  His purpose of life was to help the mankind.

                If everybody makes their purpose of life to help the mankind, there will be no sorrow, no hunger in this mundane world

About the Author: Prabir is a Graduate from University of Delhi. He did his Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing and Sales Management from Rajendra Prasad Institute of Communication & Management, Mumbai.


 

Sheep

Got a chance to observe the behavior of sheep while coming from the college. The shepherd through force: he held the sheep’s two front legs in his hand and slowly guided her downhill, she was resisting, but he was persistent. The other sheep blindly followed the first one, without a second realizing that first one does not want to go but is forced!!
Are we any different 

Human vs Animal

Yesterday evening, while coming back from office, very comfortable in the luxury of my car, I got stuck in a traffic jam. In front of me was a small tempo with a buffalo and perhaps her calf. The tempo was small for the majestic animal. With every jerk in traffic the buffalo either hurt her face or her back, despite her dark black skin, the red raw skin was clearly visible. Calf was equally uncomfortable, not even able to move, though it was trying again and again.

 

I could feel that two were very uncomfortable and only God knows for how long they had been standing in this tempo, in the same pose, without food or water. As usual my heart was filled with remorse for the actions of my species, we had been very careless and mean to all others. Not for once thinking about their comfort or their pain.  In my heart I asked the two for forgiveness, and expressed my inability that I cannot pay the owner and take you, as I have no place to keep you and look after you.

 

As I opened my eyes, I saw the reason of the jam, a political rally was organized, and buses filled with human beings were brought to showcase the power. These buses, now on their course of return had caused the jam. With nothing to do, I started staring at people in those buses. Some had got down, to take fresh air, others still sitting in small seats. A bus with 50 seats was crowded by more than 80. Humans stuffed inside like animals. Some thirsty, looking for water from local vendors, who were making most of the time, by selling water bottles and chips at extra cost to these men.

 

Conscience and Consciousness

Conscience is the intellect in us which help us to distinguish between “right and wrong”.  Society, our parents, teachers, friends and enemies they all contribute in developing our conscience. It is their response to our actions that tells us “this is right and that is wrong”.  As we grow this becomes ingrained, implanted in us, we go on repeating it. Society plays a very strong emphasis on conscience. Bur, is conscience worth? Is it a real thing?
Consciousness, on other hand is the state of being aware within oneself, it does not have ready-made answers.  It takes every moment as it comes, gives us light and we know what to do. To elaborate the difference between the two, I tell a story.

Mary Magdalene was a disciple of Jesus. She was very much in love with him. One day, Jesus came to the home of Mary Magdalene. His feet were dirty, to clean his feet Mary poured a very precious perfume on his feet–the whole bottle. It was rare and expensive perfume. Judas another disciple of Jesus immediately objected. He said, “You should prohibit people from doing such nonsense. The whole thing is wasted, and there are people who are poor and who don’t have anything to eat. We could have distributed the money to poor people.”

To this Jesus replied, “You don’t be worried about it. The poor and the hungry will always be here, but I will be gone. You can serve them always and always–there is no hurry–but I will be gone. Look at the love, not at the precious perfume. Look at Mary’s love, her heart.”


With whom will you agree, Jesus or Judas? Judas is talking about the poor, and Jesus is simply looking at the feeling of Mary, the heart of Mary.


The conscience mind will agree with Judas. He was a very cultured man, very sophisticated, and a thinker. But he betrayed, he sold Jesus for thirty silver pieces. And when Jesus was crucified, he started feeling guilty. That’s how a conscience man functions–he started feeling very guilty, his conscience started pricking him and he finally committed suicide.

Judas was a good man, he had a conscience. But he had no consciousness. This distinction has to be felt deeply. Conscience is borrowed, given by the society; consciousness is our own attainment. The society teaches us what is right and what is wrong: we should do this and should not do that. It gives us the morality, the code, the rules of the game, in short our conscience. In other worlds, conscience is but an outside constable present inside. And this is how the society controls us. Judas had a conscience, but Jesus had consciousness.

Same is the distinction between Rama and Krishna. Rama is conscience, he loves his wife, but he knows as per society rules it is not right for king to have a wife who is not respected by all kinsman. And so, despite his inner voice he sends Sita away. Krishna is consciousness, he does not care if society will call him a coward, he leaves Mathura and establishes Dwarka. When the time demands he does not hesitate from telling a lie, or even using his sudarshan chakra to kill.

Conscience is not bad, as long as consciousness is not there, conscience can be useful in the running of society. Consciousness is real, it is the light inside, and once it is lit there is no turning back. Conscience is like the stick, it is helpful when our inner eyes are closed, but once inner eyes are open, stick is useless, foolishness.