06 Feb What is the Ultimate Purpose of Life?
As revealed by Vibhushri, every individual has a basic instinct and receptivity for Gyaan, Anand and Amaratva.
Progressing in these 3 areas takes us closer to Awakening and subsequently, to Vidya. These 3 are complementary to each other and inherently serve the purpose of realising the true nature of the self. An important point to remember is, these are the qualities of the inner Bodh (realised self) and cannot be obtained through external, material consumption.
Unfortunately, through the unfathomable influence of the Kali Kripa, the above 3 have been gravely misunderstood as the following –
Again, engaging in the above-mentioned activities isn’t propagated as wrong or destructive to one’s spiritual growth. But one’s entire attention when grappled by external factors can become a disadvantage for those walking down the spiritual lane. At BodhMarga, there are no restrictions. One should be able to equally fulfil both purposes i.e. the body’s and the soul’s, in a balanced order. As Vibhushri says, giving too much significance to something more than your higher-self (Bodh) is not a good idea. At BodhMarga, we are on the path of ease (Sahaj) which is not possible without Grace and going within.
Another Example – A Businessman, in the fear of facing the end, keeps on expanding and working endless hours to leave behind footprints in the form of material existence wherever he goes. Let’s say businessman xyz, is a well-established owner of a franchise having a stable financial output. But, the emptiness, dissatisfaction and insecurity (Aswasthata) would begin to overpower his life which would force him to remain occupied with something at all costs. Being already well off, one would expect the Business person to enjoy his best life. Instead, he’ll branch out his business in several different states, hire more people, and set up more factories, etc. all at the cost of his own wellbeing and peace. He hopes for others to remember him as the greatest, richest man that ever lived and spurs to prove to others his eminence yet, is always under pressure, experiences overwhelming anxiety, gets frequently ill, doesn’t have time for family, has unpaid loans and debts even in his 60s. All this brings him into more Avidya.
The above misconceived meanings (Table 2) take place in Avidya (ignorance) which increases the gravitas of the body consciousness. Its nature increases the influence of that which is impermanent keeping us away from realizing our immortal nature. This doesn’t allow us to explore and grow beyond the realms of body and physicality, therefore resisting to transit from Mano Bodh to Atma Bodh. After awakening though, this transition becomes super easy. Awakening is the road to forever sustain in Gyaan, Anand, and Amaratva i.e. Vidya. The greatest shift after awakening occurs when one realises – body or no-body, consciousness shall prevail forever. All attachments are easily discarded and a sense of freedom pervades. One realises that they are expanding and are not just limited to the boundaries of their physical nature. After all, the ultimate purpose of the human birth is to attain and realise their highest-self (Gyaan & Bodh Prapti) so that one can move on from the labyrinth of life and become one with their true nature. BodhMarga is such a unique path, after Awakening, Bodh automatically fulfils the bodily needs and purposes allowing one to move towards the soul’s purpose.