What is the meaning of Life?
Having been steeped in eastern philosophies, it seems redundant to me to find any meaning in life. Searching for meaning, implies an interpretation of reality, through thoughts or words, which then cease to be reality. Just as Jorges Luis Borges astutely stated, “the original is unfaithful to the translation”.
Words have meaning because they point to a reality other than what they are. Words are a means to an end. But life is the end in itself, it’s not pointing to another reality, life is real! So in this sense life is completely meaningless. Is that a bad thing? Only if you think so.
In truth, only the most exquisite things in this universe share the same attribute of meaninglessness as life. For example: what is the meaning of a fragrant jasmine, or the taste of juicy peach or a rain drop caught in a spider’s web? None whatsoever. These things just happen for the enjoyment of all. They are to be experienced, rather than dissected for meaning. As Tantra says: “Life is not a riddle to be solved, but a reality to be experienced”. If we let go of the idea that there is a mystery in life, we’ll find that everything is unfolding perfectly right in front of us.
International Yoga Teacher
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