Nicolae Tanase: Mr. Almaas, what is the meaning of life?
A. H. Almaas: The meaning of life does not come from what happens in it. We do not experience genuine heart satisfying meaning of life by being happy or satisfied by something happening in our life. Or by accomplishing something important. These give us a taste of the meaning of life.
But the meaning of life that I have known and lived with has something to do with something more basic, something closer to us. It has to do with being ourselves in the deepest way possible. It is knowing and being our deepest being. It is our true and deep being that is actually the meaning of life. Our in touchness with this basic depth that makes us human, by being this true center of what we are, the question of meaning of life is answered.
It is not answered by words or understanding. It is answered by the feeling itself. The recognition of our true being, at the very heart of our consciousness, is the true meaning of our life. At least it gives our life meaning. Without it our life can never have the meaning we are looking for.
~A. H. Almaas is the pen name of A. Hameed Ali, creator of the Diamond Approach to Self-Realization. The Diamond Approach is a contemporary teaching that developed within the context of both ancient spiritual teachings and modern depth psychology theories. Almaas has authored seventeen books about spiritual realization, including the Diamond Heart series, The Pearl Beyond Price, The Void, The Unfolding Now, and The Point of Existence. He founded the Ridhwan School, an inner work school devoted to the realization of True Nature. The orientation of the school is directed toward helping students become aware of and embody their “essence” or essential nature.
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