Posted on March 20, 2011
The purpose of life can be summed up in two words: Expression and Experience. Everything we do, we do to express a particular quality from within the soul and at the same time we continue to experience various qualities of the Universe through people and nature.
This is perhaps more obvious when we take time out to go on holidays. When our sole purpose is to just sit… relax… and… soak in the sights and sounds from our chosen travel destination. As our time there is limited and we are exposed to new cultures and ways, we may take the courage to try out new things too — adding to our bank of experiences.
The very nature of the soul is to express – it is like breath, life, for the soul. In fact, this is the reason the soul enters and inhabits a body. Without a body the soul cannot ‘feel’. As the soul communicates through a body, it is illustrating the qualities of the soul. The output of which can only be what has been the input! Thus, we often comment that the face is the mirror or the index of the mind, or that our actions speak volumes (of the mind!).
The soul can be likened to a puppeteer and the body its puppet. How the puppeteer handles the puppet will depend on his/her puppet management skills! In the same vein, the soul is known as the raja, the king, and the body – with its five senses of sensation and perception -its kingdom. How well do I the king manage my kingdom on a daily basis? Or do the senses manage me: telling me to eat another slice of the cream cake, or to listen to the gossip a little while longer, or to continue watching the horror movie, knowing too well that it will hound me in my dreams later!
There is no machine as sophisticated and complex as the human body and no operator as ingenious as the soul. The soul is the spark, the fuel, the energy, which ignites the body. Without this light the body is a corpse. Since all the essential organs are intact — the brain, the heart etc. — this could only mean one thing and that is… the life force, the breath has left, gone, finito, khalas!
Some senses execute certain thoughts whilst others absorb thoughts tossed over by the universe (and some do both!). For example, the eyes can give a look that can kill or a look that sparks a romance. If the eyes are erased in someone’s picture, it’s hard to even identify the person. The eyes are the windows to the world. Without sight we lose one fifth of our connection with the world. In the same way, the mouth can give hope to someone through a few kind words, or it can destroy relationships for a lifetime! Noses normally want something “fragrant” or pleasant to smell or else we ‘turn up our noses’! And the sense of touch should be all about love and care, not abuse and cruelty.
So since we know our purpose here is to express and experience, then let us express and experience the highest, the best and most divine. We have the power to choose what we take in and what we emit. The senses simply implement the messages we pass over to them.
As “couch potatoes”, we may sit and surface many thoughts such as aspiring to climb Mount Everest; charting a world tour; or trying to conceive brilliant entrepreneurial ideas similar to the likes of Starbucks or Facebook! But it is those who get off the couch and do something that make a difference in the world. Sitting and thinking is not enough, I have to express into action my passion, my power, my zest, my determination, my motivation, my vision and then I am getting closer to achieving my goal.
Just as spring brings out the best in nature, so too there comes a season, a time, when we all need to express, to blossom and bring out our best – we won’t be happy or at peace till we have. And just as the dry, barren tree surprises us with tiny, fresh new leaves, so too life surprises us with what we have within us. There is a saying that there is a saint in every sinner and a sinner in every saint. It just depends on whom you feed the most that will grow!
And as we live and experience life and take in like a sponge, let us begin to filter what we absorb. We are not a garbage can that everyone can just throw their load into. It’s totally up to me which eye glasses to wear and which perspective to take on and which to discard.
It’s time… to get off that couch and do something great today. Express your best and experience the highest that life is offering you. Wear the right eye glasses and you will indeed see that your glass is certainly more than half full. Take charge of your puppet, and if that slice of cake still pulls you, tell it to go and take a hike! After all you are in command – you are the puppeteer!