Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda

Insights and Inspirations - Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 2 - What Are We Here For?

July 21, 2022

What  Are We Here For? 

 VL-cj-1     Is there a purpose at all to life? The question of how best the purpose can be served (which means choice, and then the decision) comes later. Somehow we think that there is a purpose, and I am hunting for that purpose. The mind itself suggests a purpose. 'My purpose is to serve all.' What do you mean 'serve all'? What do I serve? Do I serve soup? How do I serve? What is service?

      I know of quite a number of social workers, swamis, holy men, who serve humanity by telling them, "You shouldn't do this, you shouldn't do that". Serving, elevating them, uplifting them, they haven't asked these people whether they want to be uplifted or down-trodden! Have they ever found out what people want, what they need? What is uplifting? If you don't mind my saying so, all of us are undergoing this 'toilet training' until we die. Someone or other is telling us all the time, "This you should do, this you shouldn't do".  And just as the diapers are around the baby, we also have got all sorts of diapers around ourselves - head to foot! And we are never allowed to be ourselves. Is that what is called service? Is that what we are here for - to tell one another what we should or should not do?

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