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Why are we here – what is the Purpose In Life?


Here are a handful of themes and quotes around this whopper of a question.


“The whole point to being here, really, is to figure a way to get out.”

~ George Harrison



“The human form of life is a chance to get out of the clutches of illusory matter (Maya).”

~ Shantanand Saraswati



“The only occupation of the human being is to reestablish one’s lost relationship with God.”

~ The Bhagavad Gita


In the Vedic and Sufic teachings, it states the purpose of our life is to avoid Samsara (the endless revolution of birth and death). Ultimately the avoidance of birth. We do not want to be re-born again. After all, who in their right mind would want to come back to this insanity(?) Especially when we know that this nightmare is going to get exponentially worse before it gets better.


‘IF’ we were to grasp this rebirth concept, it would make sense that we do all we can now in this body to avoid coming back to this asylum, we call earthly existence. It’s time to go home. No more the cycles of learning. No more the relentless practice practice practice until we learn to get it. Until we truly wake up from our dream reality. Until we embrace soul consciousness.


Enough of this college of life; we’re done with it all now. We’re old souls. No more body consciousness. No more rebirthing. No more of this unnecessary pain and suffering.



“This worldly existence is nothing but misery and suffering”

~ The Buddha (in reference to body consciousness, in the illusory existence of matter – Maya)



As far as I’ve worked out, the purpose of life is an opportunity. An opportunity to truly wake up; to make that all-important connection, embrace soul consciousness and to serve others in a rightful, spiritual way – and in doing so, we are serving The Divine.



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  1. Knowtoomuch

     /  April 14, 2013

    SO true …

  2. The problem is that our earthly existence IS NOT all misery and suffering. We are drawn back to the beauty of this earth, the soaring mountains, the waterfall, the oceans, the forests. We are drawn back by the memory of kindness, laughter, generosity, friendship, love, hugs, throwing our arms around a loved one, petting our animals, the sense of touch, a job well done— there is so much to tempt us back here. We are, I am, attached to the wonders of material existence.

    At this rate, I’ll never get off the roller coaster. Oh, how to break one’s attachment to contentment snatched from suffering. The memory of suffering recedes while the happiness feels so good and warm.

    • Yes, I agree Patty this worldly existence of matter is not ALL suffering and misery. There is beauty and compassion, etc. But I feel the scriptures imply we really haven’t experienced true bliss. And once we had, we would certainly not compare this world against it. This is what they refer to as truly waking up. To which the likes of me on this roller coaster can only aspire to. You express yourself so articulately and beautifully Patty.

  3. Matthew/Boston

     /  April 16, 2013

    I once read online the following: Happiness is an illusion, but pain is real.” I agree with that. My short philosophy of life thought-up as a teenager: Life is a cruel joke.

    I must side with Digger with respect to what’s above. According to those who have experienced an NDE, the happiest heights in this life can’t come remotely to what they claim awaits us after we’ve left this painful shell. Not to insult Patty, as she is certainly entitled to her opinion, and there are happy experiences in this life, but it is mostly pain in this world. Given a choice, I certainly do NOT want to return. From my experience, women are much more likely to look positively on this life as are men. From my observations, women are generally happier than men. Perhaps either they lead more comfortable lives, or they are in denial of the harshness of life.


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