Why we need to live our life when we all have to die?

Failure, a word which brings shame and embarrassment for the one who failed. Each and every one of us has failed at something or the other, at least once in our lifetime. There was a time when I lost almost everything, my five year old relationship, my well established business and most importantly my place in everyone’s life.

You might not have been through any of the above, but for you the failure must be something else. Maybe failing in an important examination or failing in proving your worth in a sport which you couldn’t play well in a district or state level competition. But we all think almost same when we are disappointed and tired. We start looking out for the ways to escape our duties and try our best to not to face those who would laugh on us, or those who had great expectations from us.

At the teenage when we fail, we get inclined to either a positive way out or a negative one. While many of us end up choosing the wrong path. When I failed I saw a saint, who was free from every responsibility and completely devoted to God. He had nothing to do with what people think, feel or say about him. I being sad and disappointed chose to escape the world and I thought to become a saint in order to free myself from my responsibility.

A saint is not a saint because he is a coward; he is a saint because he is spiritual and pure. Because he has devoted his life to god and to the eternal truth. The truth that we all are meant to die and go back to the place where we come from. But I wanted to become a saint because I failed and I did not have the guts to fight back.

Before I could take a final decision I decided to talk to one of my maternal uncle who is having a great knowledge of Geeta and the other Upnishadas. Being curious, I asked him “Why we have to work hard and prove our worth when we can live peacefully? Why we need to earn and run after money when we can become a saint and reach the eternal end? Why we have lust and greed when we know that one day we all have to die? Instead of doing so much, why I shouldn’t become a saint and search for the eternal end of life?

He smiled and replied “Son, god has pre-decided everything for everyone. To do our Karma is the purpose of our life. When a boy took birth as a “Potter” his karma is to make Pots and sell them. When someone becomes a Doctor, his Karma is to save lives. When someone takes birth in a Pandit family, his Karma is to do worship. Similarly, when you took birth in a Baniya family, your Karma is to do business and earn. We fulfil the purpose of our life and find God when we have successfully done our Karma.”

Listening to this I left my decision to become a saint and devoted my life to my Karma i.e. to do business and earn.


Moral of the story: Do what you are meant to do, that is the only key to find the eternal peace i.e. God.

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