We are all busy in our individual activities. We may be doing anything at all, but to what extent are we doing our duties properly? Generally, people do not work properly. Everyone has, to some extent or other, ignored his duty. Have people forgotten their real duty? Yes ! The vast majority have indeed forgotten.
Why are we alive? What is the purpose of our life? What is our prime duty? People’s, actions are usually governed by time and place, but the ultimate purpose of life can never be conditioned by these. A fish cannot do anything without water, because it cannot live out of water, Similarly, while we are living in this world, our objectives will be limited to those which can be fulfilled in the world.
Another point to consider is that the human race has been in existence for thousands of years, and is likely to continue for thousands more. So the true aim of life must be something which can be fulfilled at any point of time. It definitely cannot be something which is restricted by time and place and political upheavals.
So, taking all this into consideration, what, do you think, is the paramount aim of our life? What is our destiny? It may be said that this aim is purely temporal, such as making money, adorning oneself with all kinds of titles and degress, or amassing honour and material prosperity. In the worldly sense, this may indeed seem to be the case, and we see people labouring day and night to achieve it. Indeed, what else could they do?
However, if we give it a bit of careful thought, we will discover that the reality is something altogether different. It is a great mistake to think temporal activities could ever fulfill our life’s ideal.
A place is regarded as appropriate or conducive for a certain activity if that activity can be completed there without too much interference. If there is a possibility of abandoning the work because of insurmountable obstacles, then we haven’t found the right place for that action. This applies to working for worldly goals such as wealth and honour. Going after wealth, honour, titles and reputation will always bring hindrances, mental torments and worries in tow.
Firstly, just acquiring these things means facing great problems. Secondly, keeping a safe hold on them involves special worries. You can suffer financial loss and damage to your health, even to the point of death.
Just thinking about it is enough to scare person. These facts are no secret. Most of our titled and wealthy gentleman know it well.
The prime example of this is amassing wealth. Most people consider this to be their prime duty. But just see what physical, mental and spiritual strain is involved ! Even if all this can be endured, how many people actually succeed in getting rich? Very few are able to get as much as they want. Moreover, after going through so much trouble to get it, you cannot keep it for very long. When you die, everything turns to dust. A king today may be penniless tomorrow. A billionaire today may be begging door-to-door tomorrow.
The same goes for titles and honour. To acquire them involves all kinds of physical, mental and spiritual problems, often with damage to health and wealth. Even if you succeed, your life is spent worrying about how to maintain your prestige. In addition to this, social and political upheaval can break you. So after thinking over these things, we have to conclude that getting rich or going after name and fame can never be the aim of our life.