ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Discovery Of Man - Four Questions, No Answers

Updated on April 28, 2015

Who am I? Where have I come from? What is the purpose of my life? Where am I going? These are four basic and fundamental questions which are crucial to everybody born in this world. As crucial as oxygen is for life. In fact, even more important than oxygen since their significance transcends one's life.

Complacency Compounded by Indifference

Yet nobody seems to know the answer to any of these questions, let alone all the four of them. Just as the continued supply of oxygen is of no immediate ca use of worry to man, and some unknown agency, curiously publicity-shy, diligent and industrious, seems to be taking care of the production and distribution of the O., man is simply not bothered to find the ultimate Truth which constitutes the answers to the four enigmatic questions. Discovery of the Truth which would surely help blossoming of the myriad attributes of man to their full potential and set him on the course to evolve into a much finer specimen of God's creation well on way to Godhood, would surely not hamper his chances of beating his compatriots hands down in the rat race to material progress and prosperity, by its absence. Lack of the knowledge never hurt! So, there!

Source

Find Out For Yourself

Pushed and prodded for a response, one may quote scriptures or holy men but that is neither here nor there. Not that the wisdom of the holy men or the sanctity or correctness of the scriptures is held in doubt. Not for a fleeting moment! We are simply not chartering into those treacherous waters. The point of the exercise is that nobody seems to have a first hand knowledge or account of the answer; in fact, nobody even seems to care to probe. To know for sure that there is a fabled treasure buried somewhere in your backyard and not be bothered about looking for leads and clues to the treasure!

Man's State Of Stupor

What causes man to amble away from embarking on a glorious voyage for the discovery of the richest of all treasures? Man is basically an opsimath, not interested in anything but matters of the here and now.The humdrum of the mundane chores of the day-to-day life at the altar of the mammon saps man's will to seek the Truth. Already saddled with lack of conviction that the glory of immortality and eternal bliss constitute the reward of the quest claiming which is his inalienable right, man's lambent curiosity for seeking the Truth wanes by the day.

More Reasons

What ails man? For starters, one would assume that the matter is way too big for anyone to handle. It is, after all, not a conundrum which could be resolved by a lifetime's acquisition of worldly knowledge or wisdom. Nor is the realization of the truth likely to enhance the prospects of one's material success or prosperity hankered after by the hoi polloi in the course of scoring one-upmanship. Doubts whittle away endurance and makes the quest more brittle to stand the test of time.

Still More Reasons

And again, who has the time to seek answers beyond the scope of search engines? Secondly, what if the answers are not to your liking? Don't forget, the fear of the unknown is always at work. What if your past was not glorious or future way beyond your imagination? We are talking about periods prior to your birth or post your death. Real big ticket questions, indeed. Who wants to know? Isn't ignorance blissfully beautiful? Besides, once you know the answers, your whole attitude to life and all that jazz might undergo a sea change, so much so that either you may stick out like a sore thumb or simply go mad!

Ready, You Have To Be

Given to inertia in matters of spirituality, man does not want to know answers to inconvenient questions unless and until those are capable of producing tangible results. Unless the thirst for the Truth is acute and polydipsic in nature, man can not be bothered to stir out of his cozy bed of complacency, no matter how foudroyant an effect it promises to have on the quality of his life.

Source

The Spark

A full life of sorts where a man has had a fair share of his fill at the fountain of life could some times set him in the right direction. Or the occurrence of a tremendous depression of cataclysmic proportions caused by a great let down or loss or a life-threatening situation could be the cause for one's transformation into a Truth seeker. One could even hotfoot it into force shutting his hitherto life by divine intervention. Whatever be the cause, the journey once set upon gives you the grit, motivation and inducement necessary to carry on the quest till you reach the pinnacle.

How It Happens

As it happens, there is no crash course on how to find the Truth. In fact, you cannot find the Truth. It is the Truth which finds you. You can only hope for it to occur sooner rather than later and prepare yourself for the experience of a lifetime. The first thing to keep in mind is that you can't serve mammon and God at the same time. Having carefully chosen the master, be diligent and unswerving in your quest. This does not warrant a throwing away of everything you think you own, Ferrari included! You can continue to be in the thick of things without getting personally involved or affected by the trappings of the materialistic life. Detachment and an emotional void help you steer clear. Be very conscious of the ephemeral nature of the worldly objects and experiences. Undoubtedly, it is easier said than done. Nevertheless, no matter how weak the flesh is, you can do it so long as the spirit is willing.

Source

Accept Life, Easy And Cool

You have to be convinced that whatever happens to you in your day-to-day life at the hands of others is not actually happening to you but to some other person who others think you are! Getting out of one's body and dispassionately watching it go through the motions of life like in a state of trance or dreams helps you escape the states of grief and glee. After all, what happens to you in a dream does not actually affect you! So is the case when you learn to distance yourself from the happenings in your life, no matter which side you are on. Once you cut yourself off the lashings which bind you to the worldly matters of here and now, you truly and gradually approach a state of equanimity.

Source

Revelation

The final stage arrives, and only when you have gone through the earlier stages and no sooner, when you learn to delve into yourself. It is not a mere physical exercise of closing your eyes and trying to see in the ensuing darkness although this act does symbolise the act of delving into your inner self. Delve into your inner self, delve deeper as much as you can as there is no limit to how far you can go. This exercise, if it may be called that, calls for all the patience, gentleness and positivity that one could summon. Any inward resistance to the act is illusory, meant to make you despair and give up. Nevertheless no degree of force, physical or mental, is to be used. Resistance is to be countered by gentle and persistent forays into your inner chambers. Truth holds you by your hand and leads you to Godhood.

God The Truth

Expect no miracles although the final revelation is the biggest miracle of them all. And where does God figure in all this groping about? Why, anywhere and everywhere. He is the Truth. At the end of the journey, YOU KNOW that Truth is within you and you are part of the all-encompassing Truth.

© 2014 Kalyanaraman Raman

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)