The Purpose

The Purpose of life is what we take for granted most of the time. What is the purpose of life? Is it getting a job or finding the perfect one for you and get married? Is it earning so much money that you couldn’t even finish even if you lived a thousand years? Is it having kids and bringing them up and see your grandsons? Is it having all the experiences and pleasures of this life while you are living? What is the real purpose of life?

Whatever we have learned so far as “the purpose of life”, just forget about them. None of these can be real life purposes for none of them gives you clear mind and integrity of soul. They can only be stairs of your life but can never be true purposes. If you think they are the purposes of your life, just think for only a few minutes and test yourself, because your external life will prove this to you because you will see the more you run after them greedily believing they are your true life purposes the more they will run away from you so that you cannot reach what you wish. And also there is no end for all these fake life purposes because the more you achieve the more you aim at higher ones so you keep running and tiring yourself in the end when you die, can you take them with you? The answer is a big NO!

If you want to discover your true purpose in life, you must first empty and clear your mind of all the false purposes you’ve been taught (including the idea that you may have no purpose at all).

“O my soul! Foremost God’s Beloved, and all your friends, are beyond the grave. The  one or two who remain will also depart for there. So do not be frightened of death,  anxious at the grave, and avert your head. Look manfully at the grave, and listen to what  it seeks. Laugh in death’s face like a man, and see what it wants. Beware, do not be  heedless and resemble the man that chooses the wrong path.  O my soul! Do not say, “The times have changed, this age is different, everyone is  plunged into this world and worships this life. Everyone is drunk with the struggle for  livelihood.” For death does not change. Separation is not transformed into permanence and does not become different. Man’s impotence and poverty do not change, they increase. Man’s journey is not cut, it becomes faster.  Also, do not say, “I am like everyone else.” For everyone befriends you only as far  as the grave, and the consolation of being together with everyone else in disaster has no  meaning beyond the grave.

And do not suppose yourself to be free and independent. For  if you look at this guest-house of the world with the eye of wisdom, you will see that  nothing at all is without order and without purpose. How can you remain outside the  order and be without purpose?” (Risale-i Nur Collection/Words/)

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