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What Is The Meaning Of Life?

What Is The Meaning Of Life?

Have we come closer to answering the ultimate question, “What is the meaning of life?” Imagine for a moment that someone came up with an answer. Directly or indirectly, most of the traditional answers have crossed everyone’s path.

The meaning of life usually comes down to a higher purpose, such as: To glorify God; To glorify God’s creation; To love and be loved; To be true to oneself.

As with many other spiritual questions, I find it difficult to imagine how these answers could be tested. If someone holds down a good job, supports his or her family, pays taxes, and obeys the law, is that an example of glorifying God or of being true to oneself?

In times of great crisis, such as war, does the meaning of life change? Perhaps it is all one can do to stay alive and be reasonably happy in a crisis.

One way to test the answer to the question “What is the meaning of life?” would be to write it down, seal it in an envelope, and mail it to a thousand people picked at random. If the answer is right, anyone who opens the envelope would read what is written and say, “Yes, you’re right. That’s the meaning of life.”

This might seem like an impossible test, however, since there might be absolutely no answer that would satisfy everyone. But what if the piece of paper is blank, or if it said, “The meaning of life is everything”?

In the one reality, these aren’t trick answers but very close to each other in reading the truth. The blank piece of paper indicates that life is pure potential until someone shapes it into something.

The meaning of pure potential is that life is infinitely open. Similarly, to say that the meaning of life is everything indicates that life leaves nothing and no one out. “Everything” is just another way to embrace the infinite range of possibilities.

Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2004).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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3:46AM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

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12:23AM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

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8:35PM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

May The Lord give us the knowledge and understanding to know and serve him accordingly.
Thank you.

10:00AM PST on Jan 12, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

12:49AM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

Thank you for article.

11:27PM PDT on May 27, 2012

Thanks a lot! Very actual theme for me. As addition recommend to read the article "What is the personal development or the meaning of life" - http://manprogress.com/en/methods/personal-development-or-meaning-of-life.html

3:48AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

We are born to continue the human race. Survival of the species!!
It reminds me of this picture! So true:
Eat Survive Reproduce! As humans, we tend to over think everything!! (The beauty of critical thinking) The meaning of life is so very simple!
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_44ev6Q8AhCw/SRvMsD02F0I/AAAAAAAADDI/AYziy1y4dk8/s400/Eat,+Survive,+Reproduce.jpg

10:14PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

This was pointless. But at least I'll get 20 butterfly rewards to help the animals.

9:56PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

The purpose of life is to have fun. We were in the "God Worlds" pefect worlds where with the wave of a hand or even a squeak you can change anything you don't like to what you do like.
Now, there are many "masters" who like to tell you these worlds we're in, especially this physical universe are illusions. Well there's some truth and some false to anything, including concepts, in these lower worlds. But you squeak here and see if it'll vanish what you don't want!

We were bored. Especially our leader, LORD Kal who had already created some high worlds for Sat Parush. He complained that he wanted his own worlds and got the ok. A whole lot of us bored "life energies" came with LORD Kal.

Matter, Energy, Space, Time they were all created for the fun of challenge.

We're here to have fun.

Granted, things have gotten out of hand. This is the first trillion or so years of experiment. It doesn't seem to me that too many of us are up for playing with our imagination in the corner.
Besides, anything is better than "nothing". That is until you get a prolonged time in "anything". You get trapped and start bellowing for wisdom!

2:30PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

That was a lot of words that said nothing. Try a world without love.

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