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The Purpose of Life - Rationale behind Incarnation

Updated on January 26, 2013

Contemplate and Meditate

In the words of Brian Weiss, ‘contemplation’ and ‘meditation’ are the two essential elements of spiritual evolution. So true! I would not hesitate in saying that the said elements are the two most important stepping stones in the journey of ‘Transformation’. Unless one, literally, shuts one’s eyes to the outside world (on regular basis) and focuses on the inside (turning inward), it is just not possible to understand the purpose of one’s life. Most of us, as I always say, spend our entire lives wondering why we were born in the first place and keep grumbling over our repeated failures, not being able to figure out why we were chosen to lead less fortunate lives than those around us. (Undoubtedly, some of us have already experienced the most horrifying and heart rending moments of our lives ). It won’t be far from being true if I say that we learn to surrender to the higher energy and accept whatever falls in our lap as we enter our middle age. I’m not sure if it’s because of our depleting energy levels, ageing, failing health, lack of enthusiasm, crumbling spirit, succumbing attitude or simply our wisdom (which comes with age) that helps us to accept our situation and lets us live the kind of life we are living without much disgruntlement. Is this ‘acceptance’ a result of  consistent badgering by our circumstances or is it result of the wisdom and awareness we achieve in our journey through life? This is what we got to contemplate. ‘Acceptance’ which results from (accepting) defeat, is not the real acceptance. It should rather come from ‘knowing’ who one is, ‘where’ does one belong and ‘what’ is the sole purpose of taking a human form on this earth....repeatedly.

Why was I born?

We humans understand better with visuals, which is (perhaps) why we are so good at swaying imaginary paint brushes on our mind’s canvas. It might sound crazy but I do venture into such practice quite often. Although, I have countless (such) paintings adorning the walls of my (fictitious) gallery, yet, I find one such painting significantly important and worth sharing with you; it left an indelible impression on my mind and I hope you can relate to it too, in some way or the other.

I picture myself standing on top of a hill with my head held high in arrogance. I have a strong feeling that I rule the world and that no one is more powerful than me. Nothing seems to scare me, not even standing alone (on the edge). I am an epitome of power, greed and wickedness. It feels so good looking at the helpless, poor, miserable and impoverished people squatting at the foothill. Largely responsible for their predicament, I seem to feed on their fear and misfortune. I see them cursing and verbally abusing me for their state of affairs but that doesn’t seem to affect my demonic demeanor in the least. My lips broaden into a crooked smile as I watch my ominously dark shadow, growing bigger and bigger, till it finally overshadows all those powerless creatures, that appear to me like (nothing more than) roaches. I laugh out loud, and then….suddenly, out of nowhere, an eagle appears and hits me hard on the back of my head. Losing my balance, I fall off the cliff, crying for help at the same time.

Falling from Grace

The scene below changes dramatically. I hit the bottom and see myself surrounded by vultures. They seem to be all set to devour me. Overcome with extreme fear …fear of losing myself to the darkness, I scream for help. Suddenly a bright light appears…. and in that electrifying light, I see the flashes of those horrible and shameful deeds I had committed while I was alive. With my head hung in shame, I beg for forgiveness and ask for one more chance to make things right. (Who would’ve wanted to be devoured by the dark spirit!). Tears roll down my eyes as I (for the first time) realize the amount of pain I had caused to my fellow human beings. I feel utterly ashamed of having treated them like trash. Caught up between the two worlds…Heaven and the Hell (I’m aware of the Cliché attached to the terms ‘heaven’ and ‘hell’ but I don’t want to find a replacement here), I keep waiting for an answer, under the fear of being sucked into Hell. I know my judgment day has arrived. Its judgment day in real sense as I don't get to justify my bad deeds. I've no option but to plead guilty, not because I'm forced to do so but simply because there is nothing I can say to cover up or justify my horrible actions. It's right there in front of my eyes and no matter how much I want those visuals to stop, they keep showing me my dark side, filling me to the core, with guilt and unspeakable shame.

Suddenly I hear a mesmerizing voice, granting me my wish on the condition that I pay for all my bad deeds and suffer the same way others suffered because of me. The voice further says that if I serve my sentence with grace, I might just be entitled to some good days, and, better still, freedom from rebirth as well. (I know instantly that my journey was going to be tougher than usual but then….I had still got a second chance. It was worth.) I see the vultures disappear. Heaving a sigh of relief, I close my eyes and the next moment… I find myself born in a completely dysfunctional family. Well, that’s just the beginning!!!!

I see the angels surrounding my crib and whispering to each other. They show me snippets from my future days and I know, for sure, that I just started a journey which was going to be worse than burning in Hell. Horrified and scared, I cry my heart out but no one seems to understand the pangs of fear in the pit of my stomach. I don't blame them. They didn't see what I did.

What is the purpose of life?

So what is the purpose of life, after all? It, most certainly, is to be useful and helpful and not just being happy and grateful, as advocated by the so-called pioneers of ‘life philosophy’. I totally agree with Brian Weiss when he says that all of us have the potential to become spiritual guides and render help and guidance from the other side, provided we qualify for that post. It isn’t easy, though. It seems we need to sweat out for succeeding, not only in this world, but in the other world as well. The more I contemplate, the more I become convinced that we keep coming back to this earth only for making ourselves worthy of His kingdom (pardon me using the conventional language). Imagine being trapped between the two worlds and not being able to cross over only for the reason of having committed some despicable acts, disqualifying us for gaining entry into His kingdom. What option would be left for the soul if the doors of eternal light do not open for it? Obviously …to go back from where it came so as to make things right and be able to walk into the eternal light with grace and pride. Long story short….I learnt that instead of brooding over our failures and miseries, we should be thankful to God for helping mitigating our bad karma through the pain we suffer, while in human form. The tears of helplessness and anguish which flow from our pain-stricken eyes purify the dark smudges on our soul and cleanse us of all the dirt we gather due to our bad deeds and thoughts. But for the agony which life offers to us, we would’ve never been able to learn our lessons and gain wisdom on the path of spiritual evolution. Does it make sense?

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    • sonia05 profile image


      9 years ago from india

      Thank you Anjali for reciprocating. I would be writing to you soon!

    • anjalichugh profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York

      Hi Sonia: I'm glad you found some sanity in my words. :) I don't want to give my mail id here so the best way to contact me is to send me a message through hubpages by clicking on 'Contact' tab underneath my picture. When I get your e-mail I can reply back to you using my id. I look forward to ...

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      9 years ago from india

      Hey Anjali,I am so very moved by your powerful hub. All of us know that our deeds and misdeeds would definitely be rewarded or punished. Its all about our karma which decides our plight in the future. I am not very sure about reincarnation but being an Indian,we generally tend to believe in it. The idea of a second chance,i think,is not very common. Second chances are rarely given to all,only chosen and fortunate few get it.

      You have very interesting ideas.I feel like interacting with you as you seem to have clarity about such subjects.I am interested in spirituality. If you feel like,kindly give me your email id so that I communicate with you!

      Thanks for sharing your great hub!

    • anjalichugh profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New York

      Ken Tan: You're most welcome. :) Feel free to come back.

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      Ken Tan 

      10 years ago

      your article enlighted me in another view of the meaning of life, thank you.

    • anjalichugh profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New York

      Kamta Prasad: Thx for joining in and for your kind comments as well.

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      kamta prasad 

      10 years ago from lucknow

      this is realy touf for living a life but it was not known by everyone

    • anjalichugh profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New York

      Hi Nell!

      It happens with all of us....oscillating between belief and disbelief until we discover the 'Truth'. So its pretty normal. :) Its very nice of you to have stopped by. Keep coming back. :)

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      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, this was really interesting. It's funny because sometimes I do believe in reincarnation, and other times I feel that it is not rational. Then I believe again. But thanks for your thoughts, and I am glad I have found your interesting hubs. thanks nell

    • anjalichugh profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New York

      Hi Tatjana!

      You rightly said...'suffering is inevitable'. It comes to us in one form or the other. Speaking of guilt from previous life actions.....this journey what we call life, is different for everyone. All of us face our own set of ordeals and experience things which are very different from others and this holds true for past life experiences as well. What you see might be very different from what I see but then it has to be that way. How can it be the same, especially, when (as I said) we are all at different levels of consciousness? Thx very much for your insightful comments. Its always a pleasure to have to in my hubs. Take care. :)

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      10 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Dear Anjali,

      I tried to read your Hub 2 weeks ago, but was too tired and sleepy to comprehend all, so I am back.

      From my point of view, life is very interesting experience, in which suffering is hardly possible to avoid because everyone is suffering, even that ones who try to achieve state of joyfull and gratefull state of mind and emotions. If one is selfish - this person suffers, because is isolated from other people. If one is unselfish and wants to help the others - this person also suffers because listening and being too compassionate to the others is also painful, and can lead to new traumatic experiences... So...

      I never recalled in any of my meditations where I remembered previous lifes that I should be punished for anything. Neither any guilt- for something what I was ages ago. I felt I paid that debts in life when mistake happened, debts we pay in the old age and on the way we dye.

      All guilt that I ever felt was because of my Christian background, which was fertile ground for tones of guilt...and there were years my thoughts and emotions were same as yours today.

      Love and Light

    • anjalichugh profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New York


      You rightly pointed out that the two worlds share something in common and that is WORK. We have a lot to do there as well..a lot to keep us busy. Let's hope that we become worthy enough to work as guides / helpers for souls who need help. I can so very well understand what you and your sister must have gone through. I wouldn't say anything here as those would just be words. It's easier said than done. There's so much agony, most of us face in our lives that sometimes we seem to lose our mind but there's nothing we can do except enduring the pain. May God give us courage to face our ordeals. Take care. Thx for taking time to read and sharing your thoughts.

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      Vernon Bradley 

      10 years ago from Yucaipa, California

      Thank you for the ????. I can't find the word. Perhaps inspiring, perhaps resonating. I have "forced" myself to move beyond the discomfort I sometimes have when I begin to meditate. But it is outright rich what happens as I move beyond my distractions. I love what you say about closing your eyes. I think my own "journey" of "transformation" began when I started finding GREAT comfort and DISCOVERIES in the darkness behind my eyeballs. I tried to share that comfort with my sister who was going blind at the time, and I had to examine my eagerness for her to be at peace with the darkness which was just freaking her out, and even that examination took place in that stillness behind my eyeballs. HUMILITY humility humility. I love the scene of you standing on that mountain being all caught up with your power. I hate seeing myself there, but when I humbly acknowledge it, I get some peace and am okay with who I am, who I really am. So thanks again Anjalichugh for a wonder filled blog. I'm not sure if I believe in reincarnation. Well, I don't, BUT I believe we may still have work to do after we die and it will be the same ol work that we have worked so hard to avoid in the now. So there is some commonality there.

    • anjalichugh profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New York


      Thanks very much for appreciating my view point. :)

    • Paradise7 profile image


      10 years ago from Upstate New York

      Very good hub, and well said.

    • anjalichugh profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New York


      Your posts are always a treat to the eye. You have a wonderful way with words. You can make an ordinary person feel so special. Thx so much for your generous words.


      Absolutely right! Its important to see the darkness to know the beauty of light. As I said in my hub, it sometimes takes very long to understand the significance of tribulations in our lives but when we do finally, that marks the beginning of the dawn. Thx a lot for your beautiful words.

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      Loveofnight Anderson 

      10 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      all the trails and tribulations in life (no matter how hard) are always necessary.we do need the balance of opposites in order to learn. we would never know beauty without the ugly to compare it always your purity of heart shows through in your words.

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      Sage Williams 

      10 years ago

      A very interesting and thought provoking hub. You held my interest right till the end.

      I love your gentle reminder about what acceptance is and what it is not,

      "Acceptance’ which results from (accepting) defeat, is not the real acceptance." "It should rather come from ‘knowing’ who one is, ‘where’ does one belong and ‘what’ is the sole purpose of taking a human form on this earth....repeatedly"

      I love your description of what the images represent to you. It makes perfect sense.

      Most importantly, Transformation, like you say is key to understanding who you are. Turning inward and focusing is essential to your journey in life.

      Thanks so much for this very powerful and gentle reminder of what is essential to discovering who we are and the purpose of our life. It all makes perfect sense!


    • anjalichugh profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New York

      Hi Marie:

      Everything does start with 'contemplation' and if we do not have time for that we can possibly never reach our goals. You are right in saying that mind tries to resist the 'Truth' as most of the times 'Truth' cannot be substantiated with evidence and all that mind accepts is proof. Such subtle things do not have proof. Thx very much for your loving presence.


      You are being kind and generous. Your hubs are wonderful as I happened to read a couple of them yesterday. Thx so much for stopping by.

      Hi Shalini!

      That acceptance thing was going on in my mind for quite a while so I made it a part of this hub. Brian Weiss is a stalwart in his field. In fact his two words (contemplation & meditation) formed the basis of this article. Thoughts simply poured out when my friend mentioned Brian's view point to me. I didn't have to make much effort. I could at once put all my thoughts in place and I guess those two words of his were largely responsible for this write up. Thx a lot for taking time to read and appreciating this hub. :)

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      Shalini Kagal 

      10 years ago from India

      Very deep, Anjali. I like how you made the distinction between acceptance as in defeat and acceptance as in knowing. Brian Weiss is among my favourite authors and the idea of coming back to 'atone' makes a lot of sense! So finally, there is a balance as there should be.

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      10 years ago from carthage ill

      terrific great powerful reading thanks

    • VioletSun profile image


      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi Anjali: How I love Brian Weiss, and the work he does with past life regression. The part of us that is spirit so understands all that we go through in life, but the mind/ego kicks and resists; articles like this hub is a good reminder of the importance of contemplation and meditation because all the answers to our human journey are within.

      Thanks for sharing this! Makes me more contemplative.


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