What is the Purpose of Life?

Sadhguru answers a question on the purpose of life, and explores what it takes to enhance one's life to its maximum potential.
 
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Question: Sadhguru, what is the purpose of life?

Sadhguru: If you were very blissful and ecstatic at this moment, would you think, “What is the purpose of life?” – No. Only when in some way, life has become burdensome, these questions arise: “To be or not to be?” “Is there a good enough purpose for me to exist?”

Your experience of life itself has not become grand and worthwhile enough. That is why you are trying to find a meaning. If just sitting here and breathing was ecstatic for you, you wouldn’t ask, “What is the purpose of life?” So, before you ask that question, the most important thing is you need to learn to enhance this life to its maximum potential. When I say “life,” you don’t even know what life is. All you have right now is your body and mind. Make them as pleasant as you can. Only when your physical body and mind are in a state of pleasantness, everything in you works at its best. Your intelligence works at its best only when you are joyful and blissful. If a human being manages to remain in a continual state of blissfulness, let’s say for 24 hours, one’s intelligence will double. There is enough medical evidence to prove this today.

You don’t have to do anything. Just being alive is grand enough.

Have you spent a single day in your life without a moment of agitation, irritation, anger, anxiety, or anything like that? In all these years, have you spent 24 hours just blissfully? Not just you, almost the whole of humanity has to answer this question with a “no.” If you are not blissful one day, that’s understandable. But not having been blissful for a single day – that means something very fundamental is wrong. Without understanding the fundamentals of what this human mechanism is, you are trying to operate it. It is just like you got into a car, you didn’t know what these three pedals were for, and you kicked any one of them whenever you felt like it. You know what a jerky driver you would be?

Right now your wellbeing is that jerky. You know moments of joyfulness, you know moments of love, you know moments of blissfulness, you know moments of ecstasy in your life – but you are not able to sustain this. It is jerky because you are trying to operate your life without understanding the sophistication of the mechanism you are handling.

So, “What is the purpose?” This question arises because you have not experienced the grandeur of existence. You have not experienced the magnificent nature of your being. That is why you are asking, “What is the purpose? What should I do to make this life meaningful?” You don’t have to do anything. If you could sit here for one moment and experience this, you would know you don’t have to do anything. Just being alive is grand enough.

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2 years 11 months ago

Im surrender.. pls bless me!!

4 years 3 months ago

Sadhguru what is being

2 years 11 months ago

Karma is a reflection of the mind. When the mind is harmonious withthe being that u are, then there is no chaos

4 years 3 months ago

Four years ago the thought about the purpose of life used to haunt me quite well.(This was a peak period of my life - I was doing really well by the standards of society). As I was battling with this thought I suddenly had another thought - what if there is no purpose. That possibility created enough confusion in my mind.

After one samyama and one samyama sadhana the question does not even enter my mind. This post just reminds of the time when I was haunted by this question :P Nostalgic stuff:)

2 years 11 months ago

There is a difference between being happy and being blissful. Happiness happens thru' maya or illution. You happiness is related to an external object or a thought or a memory or a happening. Blissfulness is through acceptance and surrenderance. Krishna did not say suffer the life, he said, when every action that is performed is of My Will and when you accept it and move with the action then there is liberation.

3 years 10 months ago

I understand the basic concept of being blissful and ecstatic and the grandeur of existence. But those are lofty thoughts when one is struggling to make ends meet or to feed the kids, or not knowing if this month's paycheck will cover the bills. In a spiritual way I understand these thoughts but in reality how does one ignore the anxiety and stress when one is struggling and working extra hours to make sure there is enough food for everyone?!! So no I do not feel very grand or magnificent. I would appreciate any response to clarify this point. Thank you!

3 years 10 months ago

So, I understand the answer to the question is - I don't know. The question will bother you if you are not pleasant within. So, make yourself pleasant within. Then you will not ask this question.

I see no purpose to life. We just exist. To make life bearable, we make purpose, because there is no other way to move forward. This is the truth. Whether we like to hear it or not. In order to create an inner harmony to move forward, our daily sadhana, seva, and satsang (the meeting of likeminded people) are significant tools. The daily sadhana brings us to our center. When life is a storm, as it sometimes can be, it helps to stay in the eye of the storm, because you get a better perspective of how to move forward, or not to.

3 years 10 months ago

Very true, purple orchid. In today's world, spirituality needs to follow a path of common sense. When one is struggling to make ends meet, certainly, one needs to get to a space where those basic wants are being met in a stable manner. Its after a certain stability is achieved in one's environment that sadhana (in whatever form - samyama, kriya, TM, etc) can be a focus. That being said, sadhana does bring a centeredness you would not get otherwise. If you practice with shraddha everyday, results will follow. The endless chatter inside ceases. And, I can't tell you how relieving this is. It has to be experienced. Hope this helps. :)

3 years 2 months ago

So what is the purpose of Life? Is there one answer? To be happy and blissful? But, happiness is fleeting. Why one should say that, whole humanity is sad, or not blissful? 50 percent of the world population is pious, spiritual. Is that all waste? Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Geeta, Life is to live, Living means to accept suffering, only when you suffer, you taste the Joy. Some times you have to forego happiness, to achieve a higher goal. As long as you gain inner strength to ride over all the lows and highs of life you achieved the 'purpose'.

3 years 2 months ago

Please just sit, and practice being joyful. Pick an object that brings you happiness. First it may be hard, but it will be possible to be joyful for hours, even days...this, when enough truth comes into your being, can change everything you percieve

3 years 2 months ago

When the emptiness phase ends the tide of love will rush back in. No, there is no purpose to life, that is why it is a gift. It is a dangerous truth, you must prepare for it. And in this way, no purpose gives total freedom, and one will see the only thing worth while is helping and loving, and realizing that all is already prefect. Everything is perfect sometimes we just don't know how yet

3 years 2 months ago

The purpose is in what labels we attach to it. What is, is. We can attach personal attributes to it. But these are still personal attributes. Whether it is a gift or not a gift, a bane or a blessing, is in what we want the experience to be. These are personal attributes. We can rationalize that everything is perfect sometimes and we just don't know it yet. However, this is simply a way to assuage what in this moment is not perfect (and maybe not to our expectation(?)). Of course, when we do have the choice, as you rightly said, why not choose to see the light, vs. the dark? Make the most of it!

2 years 11 months ago

what about Karma then if one can experience grandeur and magnificence just by sitting and feeling accomplished ?!