Human life, insignificant? When we consider the average human life span, of 75 years, in the eternity of time, of 13.4 billion years, since the Universe was born; or if we look at this speck which we call Earth, in the immensity and vastness of space we will be inclined to look at our lives as merely insignificant. To some extent this is true.
But then we are here and we have a life to live and we better make our lives as significant as we can. Here are some thoughts on how to lead a far more significant life. To lead a far more fruitful and fulfilling life we need to study from what I would like to call ‘The Book of Life’
The Book of Life:
The Book of life has 3 main sections. They are included below
1) Studying from one’s own life: This is the first section in this book. Poor or rich, wise or stupid all of us carry a wealth of experiences and personal knowledge. We really need to dive deep into our own lives. There are many gems of truth and knowledge we will find in the deep waters of our past lives. The past is many ways is our compass to our future. We need to analyze our motives for our past actions. We must delve into our biases, our judgmental ideas ingrained deep in our minds. Can we justify these prejudices of ours?
We can learn more from looking into ourselves than by reading any book or listening to any sermon.
2) Studying from our social circle: There is a lot we can learn from immediate and larger social circle. What makes them tick? What drives them? How do they handle problems?
What would you have done if you were in the situation that they are in? Would you have handled the situation differently? There are so many lessons that life offers us. We need to be observant and reflect. If you have a role model in life try to see how they handle adversity. What are the qualities in their life that you admire? What makes them different from you? How can you emulate some of their virtues? This is the next section in this Book of Life.
3) Studying from the enlightened ones: This is the last but an important section. There is a lot we can learn from the wise sayings of Krishna, Buddha and Christ. These enlightened souls had an extraordinary insight into human nature. We need to reflect on the pithy sayings of these souls. Here is a sample
Christ (Bible): Love they enemy
Judge not, lest ye be judged
Krishna (Gita): Do your duty without regard to the fruits thereof
A true yogi is one who is not affected by joy or sorrow
Buddha: Anger is like hot charcoal. It burns the hand that hold it.
There is an enormous amount of meaning and depth in each of these sayings. We can use them in different situations in our lives.
We need to really drink deeply from this Book of Life. There are many things that this book can teach us and help us lead a more fulfilling life.