PURPOSE OF LIFE
One wonderful human characteristic is curiosity which begins in childhood and is expressed in the all-to-familiar: Why Mommy? Why Daddy? Why, Why, Why? As we mature our heart and mind continue to present ideas such as 'What should I be doing?' or 'How could I be leading a purposeful life?' Such questions point to the more fundamental issue 'What is the purpose of life?' or 'What is my purpose?' Ever since we were young children we've been taught and conditioned into believing that we are separate individuals, and that each of us has a unique and individual purpose in life, and that we better get on track with it even if we have no idea what that purpose may be. During our formative years we learn from parents, friends, teachers, clergy, and many others who are only too happy to tell us what to believe and how we should live our lives. We tend to believe these authority figures assuming that they are knowledgeable. We accede to them our power in a manner akin to giving our power to a stage hypnotist. As these beliefs are repeated they become deeply internalized in us and direct our lives. For many of us, however, we find ourselves searching for more satisfactory answers that will provide more happiness to our lives. We might discover a modicum of satisfaction in achieving some of our goals, or by following our bliss. However, this contentment often fades and we find ourselves returning to a search for a more meaningful resolution to our discontent. The Buddha taught that life is "dukkha," a Pali word usually translated as suffering or discontent. We may wonder if finding our purpose might help.
In satsang Mooji once asked someone, "Why does life have to be about something?" That is, does life need to have a purpose? Does your life need a purpose? Does love have a purpose? Perhaps love and life just are; needing no purpose. Can you allow life and love to simply unfold, moment by moment, without labeling anything as having purpose? It might be uselful to read what some sages or teachers have said about purpose.
This body was given to you so that you could discover your true nature, the Origin of all, the one unborn Self. To inquire, relentlessly contemplate and strive until you are fully free from the slimy quicksand of the ego-ridden mind. For this single purpose you have appeared into manifestation: to solve yourself by dissolving the you which is the non-self, and thereafter to effortlessly celebrate your discovery as Peace, Love, Light and Joy.
That this entire phenomenal show of the universe has no purpose indicates the obvious futility of seeking a goal in life. No sooner is a goal conceived than spontaneity is at once destroyed and the self conscious ego takes over in destructive competition against everything that comes, thus missing all that is worthwhile in life. It is, indeed, the "purposeful" life which entirely misses out on the purpose of life! The true purposeless vision misses nothing and enjoys everything without inhibition.
~ Ramesh Balsekar
We are not created for any grander purpose than the ants that are there or the flies that are hovering around us or the mosquitoes that are sucking our blood.
~ U. G. Krishnamurti
By letting go our fascination with the extraordinary and spectacular, we can allow ourselves to recognize the simple wonder that lies within the ordinary. For life is its own purpose and doesn't need a reason to be. That is its beauty.
~ Tony Parsons
Where there's an ego there is purpose. And when there is no sense of "I" there is no purpose. Life is purposeless. There's only beauty in living in the eternal. If you believe you are the individual "I" you are isolated from your surroundings, and this isolation brings feelings of insecurity, fear and anxiety. Then you look for goals. You worry and anticipate. Life doesn't need a reason to be. That is it's beauty.
~ Jean Klein
Life is equally meaningless, as it is meaningful. The paradox is one we can never understand, and yet deep down we all know it.
Nothing is right and nothing is wrong. No one is good and no one is bad. There is just that mysterious power working within, motivating you, leading you, directing you. But where are you going? There's no place to go, so there is absolutely nothing to do, there's no place to go. This does not mean that you will sit around doing nothing, accomplishing nothing. You will always do something, yet you are not the doer.
~ Robert Adams
You save the world by taking responsibility for your awakening and then where that awakening leads to, you follow. Maybe you will be a social activist, maybe you will be a hermit. That's not up to the thinking mind; the thinking mind is no longer the leader, it is the follower. The thinking mind is an exquisite follower, but first it has to surrender to follow. You have permission to be yourself.
One cannot say that there is no such thing as purpose and motivation, and that it is therefore fine to live a haphazard and meaningless life. That attitude would abrogate one's human nature, for as long as one still lives in the cognitive sphere one's life requires purpose and meaning. Purpose, motive, and meaning are necessary for human beings . . . before they are recognized for what they (truly) are. Only when we have integrated the nonconceptual can we say we do not need meaning, purpose, or motive.
~ A H Almaas
We are here for the Holy to unfold through us. There is not a single one left out of that. Not a single one in whom the process of unfolding is not happening, just perfectly.
~ Jeannie Zandi
Satsang, like any moment in life, is rich with opportunities to unplug from the stories of mind. Satsang allows an opportunity to view from a wider lens and understanding can come from this. More so there is an energetic transmission that is available at satsang if one is susceptible to an energetic change at that time. Having the willingness to let go of opinions and beliefs and to be generally loose within body and mind allows maximum transmission. Leave all resistance outside of satsang and without expectation sometimes something else can happen.
~ Jac O'Keeffe
Many people who are going through the early stages of the awakening process are no longer certain of what their outer purpose is. What drives the world no longer drives them. Seeing the madness of our civilization so clearly, they feel somewhat alienated from the culture around them. Some feel that they inhabit a no mans land between two worlds. They are no longer run by the ego, yet the arising awareness has not yet become fully integrated into their lives. Inner and outer purpose have not merged.
~ Eckhart Tolle
When we're in our true being, the purpose of life is to feel that every moment is the purpose.
If one raised one's eyes from this world of illusion and looked up, and asked God to tell one secret and the mystery of His creation, one would hear in answer that everything and every being is put in its own place, and each is busy carrying out that work which has to be done in the whole scheme of nature. Life is a symphony; and the action of every person in this symphony is the playing of his particular part in the music. "
~ Hazrat Inayat Khan
The thinking mind seeks purpose, but in truth there is no purpose to any of it. There is no purpose to your life, no purpose to creation. The mind searches for purpose, seeking to find meaning. Perhaps it will find one or two purposeful ambitions during your life. However,sooner or later, these purposes will not arrive at deep meaning and a thirst will arise for a new motivation, a new purpose. The idea of purpose is your mind searching where there is no answer of that ilk. But what there is, is usefulness. Usefulness can serve as the higher purpose if your mind seeks reasons for living and taking action. To be of use to yourself, others and to the planet is the only reason, at this point.
The purpose of many schools and methods throughout history has been to bring people back to their true nature. This impulse has inspired religions and spiritual movements all over the world. The Work, we see, is very old. It has existed as long as humanity.
~ A.H. Almaas
"I don't know" is a fine state to be in. You are still busy working on your body-mind attachments. I would like you to leave all that behind. There is no end to that pruning; pull it up at the root. How? By staying as Awareness only. Stay as the Highest. Honour the Truth in yourself. This body was given to you so that you could discover your true nature, the Origin of all, the one unborn Self. To inquire, relentlessly contemplate and strive until you are fully free from the slimy quicksand of the ego-ridden mind. For this single purpose you have appeared into manifestation: to solve yourself by dissolving the you which is the non-self, and thereafter to effortlessly celebrate your discovery as Peace, Love, Light and Joy.
When we think there's a purpose, because we have a body, so we think there's a purpose. But when you understand that you're not the body, there's no purpose. There's no purpose for existence.
~ Robert Adams
The dream we are living has absolutely no purpose other than our awakening.
The purpose of life is to return to the source. The source is mysterious, glorious, peaceful, joy, which is God in everybody's heart. This is realization. We do not gain it. It is always there in the heart. Only the obstructions, vasanas, have to be removed to reveal it.
~ Ramana Maharshi
The purpose of a song is the singing. The purpose of a dance is the dancing. The purpose of life is the living.
~ Chuck Hillig
Life is Its own purpose. There is nothing That needs to be done and There is no one to do it.
~ Wu Hsin
I believe the purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being we desire contentment.
~ Dalai Lama
The primary purpose of meditation is to become conscious of, and familiar with, our inner life. The ultimate purpose is to reach the source of life and consciousness.
~ Sri Nisargadatta