Finding Your True Purpose in Life
From the dawn of time, humanity has searched for answers to its existence. Who are we? Why are we here? Where did we come from? Where do we go to when we leave this world? These questions have occurred to individuals in every age, in every corner of the world.
At some point in our lives, having experienced a great calamity, lost a loved one, or having awakened to the fleeting nature of life in some other way, we question the meaning of our lives. The monotony of life, or, the challenges of life, seem to fade into the background as more significant questions loom over us.
We question if there is more to this life than what meets the eye in this world of matter. These questions, and the pains we experience as they stir within us, are in fact the harbingers of a much larger phenomenon that is occurring within us: we are beginning to wake up.
It is when these questions begin to linger in the human heart that we open up to something much bigger than ourselves. We embark on what is known as the spiritual quest, in search of answers to life’s great mysteries, and our true purpose here on earth.
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Our Lives Have Purpose
There is a purpose to our human lives. We are here to know ourselves, to know God, to love God, and to have love for all. We were sent here to realize our true nature as soul and to find our way back to God, the Source from whence we emanated. Living at the level of our physical senses, we take ourselves to be the physical body and mind. When we see ourselves in this manner, we say that we are a mind and body that “have a soul.” Thus, our activities all day long are focused on nurturing and providing for the body.
We Are Embodied Souls
In reality, our true essence is soul. The soul is the vital flame that gives life to the human body. It is a part of God and, as such, is of the same essence as God. It is our true nature. The soul exists whether it has a body or not. When it enters this world, it is given a body and mind. As human beings, we are thus “embodied souls” or souls with a body and mind.
If the soul is our true essence, why are we not aware of it? Why do we remain ignorant of the divine treasures of the soul? This is because the soul has been overpowered by the coverings of the mind, senses, and physical body. It has become lost in the world of mind, matter, and illusion. The soul identifies with the body and mind and has forgotten its identity. Our purpose in this life is to enrich our lives by realizing our true nature and discover our true self. This is the first goal of the spiritual journey – to awaken to our true nature as soul.
Has Anyone Proven That the Soul Exists?
Yes. Saints and spiritual Masters in all traditions have embarked on the journey to prove to themselves that the soul exists, that we are much more than the body, that there is a Higher Power at play in the Universe, and that there are worlds beyond this physical world. Under their guidance, millions around the world have achieved this realization and, in doing so, have cracked the code of the human existence. This process of discovering the spirit and of unraveling the mysteries of our existence is what is known as spirituality.
Understanding the Science of Spirituality
Spirituality is a practical science of discovering the spirit, of recognizing our true self, and having done so, of attaining the merger of the soul with God. Spirituality posits the existence of a Higher Power, and the charge before the spiritual aspirant is to prove this hypothesis to ourselves, as it is only through direct experience that we can embrace the truth. Once we have experience it for ourselves, there is no place for doubt. It is this direct experience of our true nature that awakens us and brings new meaning to our lives.
How Can We Experience Our Soul?
On the path of spirituality, the scientific experiment that we conduct to have a direct experience of our soul is meditation. It is the process by which we can prove, within the laboratory of our own body, that we are much more than this body and that there is higher purpose to our lives. Meditation is an exact science that is reproducible, time and time again. If the technique is followed accurately and mastered, it is sure to yield results.
Currently, our attention, which is in fact the outer expression of our soul, is scattered and focused on the outer world. SOS Meditation, or the meditation on the Inner Light of God, is the means by which we still our body and mind and invert our attention from the outer world to focus it within ourselves. We connect with the Light of God, a divine current emanating from God that reverberated within every human being. Contact with this current leads the soul back to God. SOS Meditation teaches us to focus our attention at the gateway we all possess to the inner spiritual regions – the third or single eye, that sits between and behind the eyebrows.
How Can Meditation Help Find Our True Purpose?
Meditation, the process of concentrating within, can lead to personal transformation. As we stop focusing on the distractions of the outer world, still our body and mind, and focus our attention on the third eye, our soul begins to collect at this gateway to the inner spiritual regions. These regions, which exist concurrently with our physical world, are full of love, light, and bliss.
What travels into these regions is not our body, but our soul. Through meditation, we not only become conscious of our spiritual nature, but we also tap into the riches that lie within us. We experience a profound transformation that brings peace, happiness, and joy to our lives. As we experience our innate nature as love, we find the lasting love that we’ve been searching for. This love, God’s love, uplifts us and gives meaning to our lives. Experiencing God’s love in meditation awakens us to the soul’s yearning to go back Home, and it is then that we realize our life’s true purpose.
Coming back to the outer world from this state of awakened consciousness, we become embodiments of the love that we experienced within. Fear, anxiety, loneliness, and insecurity evaporate. Instead, we become fearless. Imbued with God’s love, we become loving. We become filled with love for our fellow beings and for all living beings, because our heightened angle of vision allows us to see the divine in everyone. As we work toward our life’s goal, we find meaning along the way in being of service to our fellow beings, in shouldering the burdens of those around us, and in alleviating the pain of all living beings.
Life carries new meaning once we have become conscious of our soul and have found our true purpose in life. This transformation not only brings peace and joy to our lives, but can also contribute to a peaceful, loving world.