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Purpose of Life

From: Manjula V Vangipuram (manjula_at_miller.cs.uwm.edu)
Date: Thu Nov 09 1995 - 05:37:25 PST

I did not receive the original question but I think I would like to
take a shot at this question.

I guess someone was wondering as to what the purpose of life is ..
am I correct? If that is the question then I think I can try ..

A shloka in bhagvad gita (the most common one) : 
	Karmanye vaadikaraste maafale shu kadaachana
	maa karma fala hetur bhu matesu savi karmani...

The duty of a man/woman is to do the karma.
	In olden days men were responsible for taking care of the
	family(financially) women responsible for taking care of the
	family needs.. and children were responsible to follow the truth
	and to do their dharma.  Yes Dushshana's dharma was to support
	his brother even if it was for wrong reasons.
	
	In my opinion (only) the purpose of life is to believe in humanity
	and to live according to the laws of humanity.. by stating that I
	don't say that one should follow the wrong path.. but I mean that
	one should try and follow the straight and narrow.  One should
	realize the only way to follow the straight and narrow is to
	have faith in GOD.  I don't and can't say that Vishnu is the best
	and everyone should follow him instead no matter who the 
	supreme power is(in terms of faith of people) having faith
	in God is the only way to try and fulfil the purpose of life.

	When Kunti and Madri go with her husband to the forest for a
	vacation.. rishi kindam says :  The purpose of a woman's life
	is to be a sahadharmacharini for her husband, and the man should
	protect her .. and I think this is one of the purposes of life.
	Husband and Wife are partners in everything therefore another
	purpose of a woman's life is to help her husband attain salvation,
	because if he does so will she.  

	The gist of the entire topic is Karma is the Purpose of Life.
	Yet not all Karmas should be purpose of life(only good karmas).

	Purpose of life is to try and restore mankind and help people
	grow intellectually, emotionally and mainly spiritually.  Have 
	faith in GOD and believe that whatever happens .. happens for
	our best because GOD will never harm us.. Its our karmas that
	harm us.

Hope this is an answer.. and not gibberish

Manjula
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