The world is like a colossal labyrinth. It is full of ironies. It is a place where you lose when you lose, and you lose even when you win! Stay with me to comprehend the meaning of life. One needs a really sharp mind to comprehend the enormity of the above statement. Once you see this through, then the question, “How do I win here?”, won’t pester you anymore.
Then the right question to ask will be, “Is there a way through which I can come out of this battle, instead of fighting it in the first place?”
What I mean by it, is that this is a battle, where both winning and losing are not the eternal solution. We all are running in a race, only to have more of everything. More money, more name, more fame, more respect, more happiness, etc.
Always keep this in mind, your present situation is someone’s dream to live. No matter how bad you think the present scenario is, you at least have a roof over your head, and 3 square healthy meals a day.
This is still a fantasy for millions of people around the globe. For those people, you already are a billionaire, but you think you are poor at your own level of mind, probably because you are comparing yourselves to others.
What is the Solution then?
Well, I am sure most of you are about to leave, thinking it is a boring thing to ponder upon, and you are probably right. Most of us are only interested to know how to get what they want as soon as possible, in the easiest conceivable way.
We are not used to directing our thinking into a topic like understanding the ‘meaning of life’. Everyone is living in this enormous illusion that if what they want the most, miraculously comes into existence, then their lives will become awesome.
What they don’t foresee is that the mere solution to one thing becomes the very base of the next big problem in their lives. What happens next? Another desire to overcome the obstacle. And like this, the cycle keeps on continuing. 24*7*365.
To sum our lives in one line: We were delusional before, we are delusional right now, and we will die delusional. Period. Might sound bitter but is actually the reality with so many of us.
I will try to explain this to you in the simplest way possible.
The Universe is a Giant Ocean
Like I said before, that this is race, where you actually lose, irrespective of whether you win or lose.
I have given this example before. Try imaging the universe as an ocean. A vast one. There are billions and billions of waves in this ocean. Trillions and trillions of water droplets. If you compare your body with that of a wave, then isn’t every wave just living for itself?
The wave can say that “I am also living for the tiny waves emerging from ME”, but it is saying so because again “ME” is involved. The wave may care about other waves, only if they are associated with it in some way or another. So ultimately it is living only for itself and the same is with us.
We can say we live for our children or our parents, but you are doing that only because they are yours. Everybody is living for themselves. You care about your friends and relationships because again, they are “YOURS”.
Now in a normal ocean, waves don’t fight off each other. But this universe is like an ocean where every wave is busy contesting with each other. Every wave is busy making itself bigger and bigger, in order to engulf the smaller ones and emerge “Victorious”.
Is the world gonna change the way it is running? Probably not. I mean, ask yourself, if it comes to a choice to save your family, and a bunch of 200 people. Who would you choose?
This is not a movie going on, where you can save both of them. So, the point being, the very nature of this world is that everyone is living for themselves. Thinking about themselves, making themselves more and more powerful by suppressing others, directly or indirectly.
The Unarticulated Battle
How can anyone be truly joyful in such an environment? People can just show from the outside their smiling faces, but from the inside, they are crying.
And the more interesting part about this battle is that no one is carrying any kind of firearms here, which is what makes it even more dangerous than the real battles fought at the borders.
Everyone is carrying flowers here and is trying to show how caring and loving they are. This is really a treacherous war because you can’t say for sure who is your real enemy here. Your enemies may have set their camps right under your nose, and you wouldn’t know about it until it is too late.
Like the joker said,” Their morals, their codes…, it is a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They are only as good as the world allows them to be. When the chips are down, these civilized people, they will eat each other.” How true is that!
Can these things stop happening all of a sudden? Impossible.
SO, you gotta make yourselves robust enough to live in this world, no question about it. Robust in the sense that you must have an understanding of this ocean, the meaning of life.
Stop Squandering Time
Our majority of time is spent in plain, simple time pass, instead of making ourselves a great warrior. Timepass, here, is anything that is deteriorating your energy in any form.
If you are not learning from whatever is happening to you at the present moment, then that will all come under the radar of ‘time pass’. All the pleasures you are indulged in.
A person after committing every sin in the rule book, looks to God for atonement. This is also what most of us do as they expect to get away with it. Now you gotta decide whether you wanna spend your time to be a fierce warrior, or to get spoilt by the pleasures you keep running after?
Escaping is not the Solution
We all look for escapes. We all are experts at running away from our problems. But you can’t escape them forever, because no matter where you go, you can’t really escape this ocean.
Since escaping is the not answer you were looking for, ideally you should be investing your time in making yourself a brave warrior. You gotta make yourself so powerful that you wouldn’t have to beg anyone to get anything.
You gotta make yourselves skilled enough to be deserving to get what you want and be intellectual enough so that you can smash through whatever obstacles come in your path. But hold on, didn’t I say at the starting that this is a war where you lose even if you win? So, the bigger predicament here is, whether being a warrior is the solution or not?
Let’s say you become the best warrior ever born on the face of the earth. Does this mean that you are absolved of all the problems?
You can get sick anytime, the people close to you can die anytime, even you will die at some point. If you look closely, there are pros and cons to being a warrior and sometimes even not being a warrior.
Who is the safest person in a war?
People who aren’t warriors. Because they can sit at the fences while the real warriors are busy protecting them. They are probably gonna be the last ones to face the music. One doesn’t escape the sorrow. It lies on both sides. Then the question should be how to be free from this sorrow?
Broaden Your Understanding
Only if one puts in all the time (after acquiring the basic needs) understanding whether he is a wave or the water in this vast ocean. That’s the true meaning of life. If you are a wave, then a wave can never live a happy life. It might show it from the outside, it may brag about its size and power, but from the inside, it will never be blissful.
But hey hey hey, what if you are the water? If you are water, then there is no way to make you sad. Because a wave can form and die, but the water? NO. The water never dies. What is the truth now? Wave or water? If one removes water from the wave, then where is the wave? In reality, there is no wave, just water.
The Fun Part
Even after seeing this truth, you will still continue to fight in the outside world, because like I said, you lose if you fight, and you definitely lose if you don’t.
But now the key transformation will be that, after seeing this truth, the water will now act through an instrument called the ‘wave’, playing with the other waves in the ocean and expressing itself to its fullest which will bring all the difference.
Now you will have the upper hand because you are playing with those who don’t even know a single thing about the water, who believe that there is no water, just waves. You will always have an upper hand over those who haven’t yet understood the meaning of life.
Life will become a game for you where you will play not to win, or out of any fear to lose, but because it is in your very basic nature.
You will rise above winnings or losings because you already know that you are the water, which is INFINITE. It doesn’t matter whether you will win in this game or not, because now you know your true self. And because you know your true self, you will play like nobody has ever before and it will be worth watching.
What is water actually?
Oh yes, you must have guessed it, you should have. It is the eternal, the imperishable, The Sound of Silence. (In case you don’t know what is this sound, have a look here.)
You can’t touch a wave. What you will touch is water only.
What do you have to do now, to see this truth? Do you have to stop fighting outside? Well of course not. If you are fighting on the outside all your time, then you sure as hell can take out 1 hour of your time every day on this inquiry “WHO AM I”?
One who can know who he is; will know everything.
“You are not a drop in the ocean,
You are the entire ocean in a drop.”