Satish Kumar S,
Bangalore: Here is my interpretation of purpose of life:
We all been blessed to be born as human beings and we are at the top of the pyramid as responsibility holders for whole of the pyramid.
In the life span of each of us we try to help as many people as you can so that sum total of all good things you have done leaves a indebtable mark of soul as it moves from current form to other.
The simple things like keeping environment clean, community service, feeding poor people and try to balance every aspect of your life like work/life, family, relations, friends wrt to each of their emotions. All these will lead us to be in equillibrium with nature which in turn leads to path towards God.
Each of us have to ask one important question? what gives me happiness removing all materialistic thinking in mind and that will be purpose of individual life.
If we try to put our heart and soul to that aspect which is devoid of materialistic thinking it will leads to happiness and peace from within as well as external.
ganesh2shiv: well said :)
Sachin Pune: Hi, I went through this website and I like it, thanks for putting up this site.
Btw, the link "Significance of No.108" points to page explaining "Purpose of uman Life" so you may want to fix that, I just tried manually specifying the link and it work (I guess I was lucky).
One last thing, can you explain more on what was 'Sanatm Dharma' and how and when did 'Hinduism' came into picture?
Admin: Thanks Sachin for letting us know of the broken link. It is now fixed. And to your question, below is the reply from Nitin.
Nitin: Hi Sachin,
Thank you for your question.
Sanatan Dharma is not a religion. It simply means: the natural way. Just as there are some laws that nature obeys, for example: water makes things wet, fire burns things, etc. Similarly there are some laws that LIFE obeys. For example: you will reap what you sow, desire causes unhappiness, kindness is a good quality, there is no end to greed, etc. These natural laws are universal (water will wet you no matter what your religion/nationality is) and eternal (water has been making things wet since time immemorial), similarly kindness is valued everywhere on the planet; an Indian personís greed causes him as much sorrow as an Englishmanís! These natural laws are collectively referred to as Sanatan Dharma.
Religion is an effort to conceptualise these laws and explain them with stories and examples so that they become accessible to the common man. Remember, gravity always existed but it took the brilliance of Newton to bring it to our attention. Similarly, brilliant people like Buddha, Christ, etc. brought these natural laws of life to our attention through their teachings. Next, they also explained to us how to live according to those natural laws in order to have a happy life. For example: donít eat meat (the basis of this is compassion for the animals), donít steal (the basis of this is to avoid greed), etc. Hinduism is also another such attempt to explain the natural laws for the benefit of the common man. Since the words ďSanatan DharmaĒ are in Sanskrit, it creates the illusion that Sanatan Dharma is some how more related to Hinduism than say Islam. This is not true, all religions are based on the same eternal universal principles.
However, religion as we know it today, unfortunately has got mired in rituals and self identity; the natural laws are totally forgotten and hence we have people who are religious but unkind, unhappy, greedy and miserable! But I have yet to find a person who lives according to the natural laws and is unhappy. In the end thatís what life is all about, Happiness! Think about it, everything you do, you do for happiness. The same is true for every other person on this planet, either directly or indirectly we are all looking for the same thing: Happiness! And here comes Sanatan Dharma!! If we live our life according to the natural laws we will never be unhappy, ever again.
I hope this answers your question.
In case you have any more then please feel free to ask.