What is the Point of Life?

Jnanadeva writes:

“Although the rays of the moon appear as spread out over the water-surface like creepers, yet the moon is not the maker of this abundance; in the same way, although all these action in one sense have their being in Me, yet they remain distinct from me…Just as rain showers cannot break through the mountain valleys, in that way the acts of Prakriti do not touch me. Although I am the mover of all doings on the part of Prakriti, My essential being is above all actions; I neither do anything Myself nor cause anything to be done. A lamp in a house neither prompts nor prevents any one from doing a thing. It is unconcerned as to who is doing, and what is being done; it is a mere spectator, and yet it is the condition of all that is being done: Even so, though I am the source of the being of created things, still I am severally unconcerned in their actions.”

But…don’t you care a little?


2 thoughts on “What is the Point of Life?

  1. Does “Ultimate Reality” refer to a divine being like God? In that case, the discussion would be endless as I would argue that if God does care, how can he let all the evil and unfairness that goes on in our world happen?
    And if he doesn’t care, one could question what would qualify him as a truly divine being.

    On the other hand, if “Ultimate Reality” does not refer to God and his existence per se, then I would have to side with Kant and am therefore once more unable to choose an answer.

    Have I gone wrong in my contemplation?

    • Well “God” is a controversial piece of vocabulary, but I do like the answer of the Ramchal. The ultimate reality wants to create beings that are able to create meaning themselves, and this requires that they be able to make mistakes, otherwise they would be robots. So they have to pass through a lot of tzurris (sub-standard meanings, evil, unfairness) along the way. It’s much like the parent-child relationship. The parent wants a child who is able to be autonomous and make decisions about what is important. If the parent stopped the child every time the child did something foolish or destructive the child would never grow up into a mature adult.

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