What is my purpose in life? I asked the void (my conscience).

“What if I told you that you fulfilled it when you took an extra hour to talk to that kid about his life?” said the voice of my conscience.

“Or when you saved that dog in traffic? Or when you tied your father’s shoes for him?” “Your smile of cheer brightened the faces of an aged couple early in the morning”.

 

“But your problem is that you equate purpose with goal-based achievement. The Universe isn’t interested in your achievements……just the heart. When you choose to act out of      kindness, compassion and love, you are already aligned with your true purpose.

This is explained beautifully in the central message of the Bhagavad Gita which is Nishkama karma which implies self-less or desireless action, it is an action performed without any expectation of fruits or results. So that is the purpose of our life.

No need to look any further!” and remember

So my dear friends please do share your views or your own real life experience of doing a Nishkama karma to inspire our readers.

Bye for now and be very well and safe 😊👍

 

About Dilip

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are music and growing culinary herbs. Love to play golf and do yoga regularly. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

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  1. Love the lightness of this post. Normally, life purpose is such a big exploration but you simplified it and it does make sense!

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    • Dilip says:

      That’s a beautiful comment my friends Marcus and Micah. Having visited your website I was quite taken up with your simple philosophy to help people live meaningful lives. And I wish you both the very best of luck in your noble quest 🍀🍀

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  2. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    We can try to do what The Gita says can be done. It is possible. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Iqra Aqib says:

    This post really is accurate! You do get what you give. I think nowadays it’s hard to expect someone to do something for you without expecting something in return, but there are people like that out there, and I am glad to know someone like that. They will always be very dear to me

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  4. I love this post about life’s purpose and agree about sharing kindness without expecting anything in return. 🙂

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    • Dilip says:

      The quest to find our life’s purpose is not easy because when we help others it’s quite natural for us to believe ‘it’s me or I’ who helped. But really it’s the Supreme power who made it happen. When our life’s purpose is to live without expectations we remain healthy and youthful.
      Thank you for the visit Maria. 😊

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  5. Esse says:

    Happy Weekend 🙂

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  6. I totally agree with your words and experience the same in my everyday life, thank you for sharing as this is the ultimate truth of life we experience
    Stay wealthy healthy safe and happy

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  7. Esse says:

    Ciao, buona giornata 🙂

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  8. Though it has been said in the Bhagavad Gita, but I think nishkama karma is not an attainable thing for mundane people for us. Whenever we do anything, however hard we tray, we do have some expectations in our mind.

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    • Dilip says:

      You are right Nishkama Karma is not easy at all – it is not for a layperson. And for a seeker to learn and practice such a Karma will surely need a spiritual guide.
      Thanks and regards.

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  9. This is so wonderful! I am so interested in the topics you share.

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  10. Wonderful perspective Dilip… It is the smallest things that means the most…

    Or what really sticks in my mind was a young man outside our supermarket last year on a cold December morning he was obviously freezing and he was asking for change from people coming out of the shop..
    I stopped and asked him how he had become homeless and how long… He looked nervous and was almost in tears I would say he was around 18 or 20 years old… He said he had been staying at a friends as his family had kicked him out, but now he said his friend said he had to find somewhere else… It was the first night he had spent outside… You could just tell,..
    I chatted to him and asked him did he know of the shelter up the road, he said yes but he hadn’t been.. I told him to go and they would help him… And gave him a £5 note… His eyes filled with tears again as his voice broke… And he couldn’t stop saying thank you.. He headed straight to McDonald’s across from the store where I hope he got warm and breakfast…

    So folks, don’t look the other way when someone holds out there hand asking for change.. have the courage to stop talk to them, you never know what their stories are, not all are drug addicts wanting their next fix… and you never know but for the grace of God, you too could have been walking in their shoes needing help…

    Much love dear Dilip…. Great Post my friend… I hope we all go little things to make Great Things happen… And we all right now need to be sending love and unity into the world not Fear and separation.. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Sue ❤

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  11. It’s all about living each moment preciously❤️ Enjoying the journey🥰 It took me years to realise this though. Thanks for a wonderful post , love Barbara x

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  12. RecoveryWise says:

    I typically will give homeless people a few dollars if they are sleeping. The abundance ends up making us both a little richer.

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  13. Life… time– together, fascinating jewels composed of More Than Everything.
    Art

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  14. Renu Rastogi says:

    Purpose of life.. it has been going on in my mind now a days and I haven’t been able to find any satisfactory response.

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    • Dilip says:

      Yes most of us think about this. Having read Eckhart Tolle’s the Power of Now I do believe that we pursue goals and targets which are the Secondary Purpose and are dependent on the changeability of time. Whereas the Inner purpose is the ‘Now’ which is deep within us and anchored to our soul. If we focus our mind be in present moment we become stable and calm and we get the clarity needed to achieve our secondary goal/purpose.
      Thank you and regards. 🙏😳

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  15. Rajagopal says:

    Nice to see your take, Dilip, on such a vast subject. The process of action and reaction on all levels, physical, mental and spiritual, is karma, which is the result of a person’s actions as well as the actions themselves. It denotes the cycle of cause and effect. Karma lays it down that what happens to a person, happens because they caused it with their actions; it anticipates Newton’s third law of action and reaction where every action of any kind including words, thoughts, feelings, the totality of our existence, will eventually have a reaction, same type of energy coming back to the one that caused it. In spiritual development, Karma is about all that a person has done, is doing and will do. It is not about punishment or reward. Karma makes a person responsible for their own life, and how they treat other people. Dharma, referring to the power which upholds the universe and to one’s lifelong duties, and Karma, referring to one’s everyday actions and the negative or positive obligations these actions bring about, and Moksha, referring to ultimate liberation from worldly life, are the foundational values on which all Indian religions are based. Dharma is universal and ‘Sanatana’, meaning ‘for all time or eternal’; which is why it is described as ‘Sanatana Dharma’. The dogmatic concept of God as defined by many organised religions may be rubbished as cultural mumbo jumbo. In today’s strife-ridden world further shattered by C-19, the only shining essence is the increasing relevance of Dharma or the order that sustains, structured by the cumulative of good Karma. Hence one’s life purpose is the pursuit of karmic goodness.

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    • Dilip says:

      As always Raj you words have have amplified the Karmic approach beautifully. And the explanation of Dharma and Sanatana is clarified beautifully in simple words. However your last line on the pursuit of karmic goodness perhaps implies not allowing the I to creep in unknowingly as it may not then remain Nishkama Karma.
      Thank you so much for your wisdom. Kindest regards 🙏

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  16. Val Boyko says:

    Beautifully written Dilip. Thank you for sharing this wisdom 💛

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    • Dilip says:

      Thanks Val your appreciation means a lot. Your thoughts on yogic practices and spirituality are always a learning for me. And I look forward to your posts.
      Kind regards 🧘‍♂️🙏

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  17. Sang says:

    Nice post Dilip.

    You would find more on Karma and Jnana Yoga

    Go to You tube and go to Param Vedanta Channel..

    Bhagavad Gita by Team of Doctors.

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  18. Beautiful and very insightful post, my dear Dilip! 🙏🙂

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  19. ssbonsor says:

    Nishkama Karma is the essence of Karma Yoga (A gateway to Self-realization)

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    • Dilip says:

      Indeed so sir Nishkama Karma sure is a gateway to liberation. A thought discussed in spiritual circles is “How can one believes he is doing nishkama karma when the doer is someone else. To believe ‘I am doing nishkama karma is itself bondage’!

      Thank you Surinder sir 🙏

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  20. Binky says:

    The world certainly could use more selfless acts from the heart these days.

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  21. Aushi says:

    Indeed, these are very true word, ones selfless actions do fulfill the purpose of life and brings a great sense of satisfaction 👍😇😇

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