My son’s question today was, everybody seems to have found a purpose to devote their lives to. How do I know my purpose.
My answer was this. When Krishna makes us, he not only gives us our purpose in life, but he also gives us a big clue as to what it is. That clue is the thing that we love or enjoy the most.
Do that thing with purity, and humanity will be benefited. Jayan loves to plant jackfruit trees. I love to study and write. Someone loves to play tennis and someone to sing. Hritik Roshan loves to dance. Once you know what you love to do, do it with your whole and pure heart. The world will benefit from it.
I like to eat jackfruit and watch tennis.
But what I really love is writing about what I learn and understand. This helps some people. They read my words and leave some nice comments.
Some people like to do jobs and take care of families. Others like Annaji like to reform society. Everybody has their purpose and that is to do what you love to the best of your ability with a pure heart.
This is also what Sri Bhagavatula Parameswara Raogaru told me among many other useful things.
Bhagavathula Parameswara Rao – Social Reform through simple actions (December 23, 2008 / 10:20 am)
Sri Dr. Parameswara Rao is this amazing person. He is 74 years old now (2008). At the age of 34, after completing his PhD in Penn State University and turning down job offers at twice the U.S. Market rate, he returned to India to serve his village. He belongs to a middle class family and had no large income or property to fall back upon.
He started a school in his village and runs several reform programs, if that is the right word for them. When confronted with bureaucratic hurdles while trying to start his school, he escalated to the next higher level at every step, till he met the governor himself and got approval.
He embarassed liquor store owners to close shop and move, by organising children’s bhajans near the stores every evening.
He helped village women help move themselves away from the poverty line, through microsavings. Women saving as little as 10 paise in 10 days, slowly built up a capital totalling Rs. 50,000 and later Rs. 50 lakhs.
He invites talented and concerned people to visit his school and charitable trust, understand the situation and contribute in whatever way they can. One Indian engineer based in USA, brought money and expertise to build a windmill for the school for power generation.
Right now, he talks to people about the terrible state of Indian Primary Education and the Rs 9 per year per child budget allocation and the consequences it will have for our society. He asks people to write a postcard to the prime minister asking him to address the state of primary education in the country and include vocational courses at the primary level. This is because 95% of the enrolled students drop out of primary and secondary school at each school year. I hope you will write the post card. I have. From the time I spent at the Govt. School in Kodigehalli, I know how much the little ones are up against and how hard the teachers work to train the majority of our future citizens. It is a very important cause.
” By doing well the duty which is nearest to us, the duty which is in our hands now, we make ourselves stronger and improving our strength in this manner step by step, we may even reach a state in which it shall be our privilege to do the most coveted and honoured duties in life and in society ”
– Swami Vivekananda
The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 5/Notes from Lectures and Discourses/On Karma-Yoga
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