Life is a complex issue to understand. It is the best gift bestowed upon us, including all creation by the GOD. When we cant fully understand the design of his creation then how will we be able to understand Life with our little knowledge and intellect. However life can be defined as the absence of death, and death is the end of life. There is, therefore, something which goes off from living beings and causes death.
We believe that death happens or we can say life ends because of accidents, disease, heart attacks, bullets and bombs, tsunami, and natural calamities. Do everyone lose life when there is spread of disease, or there is an epidemic or accident, or there is war, or during a tsunami or natural calamity? Many people and creatures survive in spite all these happenings; don’t they? Some people traveling in same bus or train survive while others die, Many survived even during the Atom bomb attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. All marine life and plant, trees do not get uprooted or killed during great tsunamis.
Life sustains during earthquakes, no doubt that it becomes miserable for some and that too is a question, as to WHY?
All this is therefore not a cause to end life. It may be a reason. The birth and death are managed by GOD in a wonderfully styled design. The lifespan of all living creatures is well defined and is certain, in spite all human efforts to increase it. The upper limit is set for all by HIM. For instance, humans have a maximum of 100 years as the upper limit with some rare exceptions of few years. In spite of so much advancement in medical science including medicines, the upper age limit has not increased and life remains to be ending within the specified period allotted by GOD. If this is the state of affairs with the humans who consider themselves as TOP OF CREATION or “ASHRAF-AL-MAKHLOOQAAT”, what would be the fate of creatures in other lower categories? Have we been able to reduce miseries of life, sufferings, pains, depressions, diseases, worries, tensions prejudices, and hate? Why people have different types and different periods of miseries or happiness or pleasures? To understand all this we have to turn to GOD himself, who has through his messengers explained all this as is contained in old scriptures. For understanding this we have to understand as to how life started on our planet.
Scientists believe that during explosions in sun’s molten mass a big and very hot chunk got separated from it, which continued to revolve around its source and with the passage of time its upper-crust cooled down and my contractions on the surface due to cooling, mountains were formed. It looks justifiable but then how was water formed that too in such a large quantity that seas and oceans were formed? How was air having all the useful ingredients and properties for sustaining life formed? Why this didn’t happen on any other known planet? Are not these wonderful mysteries. The theory of Evolution explains that life started in water and the first known living creature was Amoeba. How amoeba evolved, how it got transformed into other forms is not believably explained.
Human beings are believed to be evolved from monkeys, then why not all monkeys became humans? Why there are still hordes of monkeys available? When will their turn come to become Top of creation?
Messengers of God tell us that all creatures live till there is life current present in them. The moment this life current which is a particle of GOD also known as Aatma, Rooh or Soul is withdrawn, the death takes over. To understand this phenomenon we have to understand the formation of this universe and ‘Law of Karma’. Scriptures tell us that this universe is made primarily of five elements:
- Water (liquids)
- Earth (solids)
- Air (gases)
- Fire (heat)
- Sense (sense of comprehension)
There are five main categories of living bodies; Vegetable kingdom, Reptile kingdom, Birds kingdom, Four-legged mammal’s kingdom, and above all, the Human kingdom. All the five categories have lakhs of different types of creatures living in the universe having similar characteristics. They differ in size, shape, color, and characteristics because of the presence of different types of basic elements in them in different proportions. The composition of these categories of living creatures is as under:-
- The first to come is the Vegetable kingdom. They have one element present in them i.e Water. All other elements are in very negligible quantity. They remain rooted to the ground and don’t travel distances.
- Second, comes the Reptile kingdom which has two elements present in them; Water and Earth and others being in negligible quantity. They too remain on the ground but can move distances by crawling.
- Birds kingdom has predominantly three elements present in them; Water, Earth, and Air. They can move on earth and can also fly in the air or swim in water.
- The fourth being Four-legged animals have four elements present; Water, Earth, Air, and Fire. They remain on earth or in water and have the capacity to run fast.
- The Fifth class is that of Humans which have all the five elements in proper proportion present in them. What makes them different from all others is the element of the Sense of Comprehension present in them. They can learn and grow fast. What more they can do differently from others is well known to all of us. Humans are God’s top Creation and next only to him. It has the power to rise and merge with God and attain Salvation, Moksha, Mukti or Nejaat.
We know that all elements forming different categories of life as stated above are against one another. Water extinguishes the fire, fire evaporates water, air flares fire, earth dissolves in water. They don’t remain comfortable with each other. But they remain in complete harmony during their stay in different classes of life: WHY? The answer is the presence of the life current; the soul which keeps them in complete harmony. The moment the soul is withdrawn from the body, the decaying process starts and all these elements slowly and slowly disintegrate.
LAW OF KARMA
Law of karma; As you Sow, so shall you Reap. Every action creates a corresponding karma, good or bad. Why we have different lifespans, why some die as an infant, as a child, in young age and with accident, disease, or other reasons? All this is due to our own karmas. We cant escape results of karma’s and have to bear with them at some point of time most suitable for bearing them. Soul enters different classes of life depending on one’s karmas. Different categories of life and different sufferings are caused by different types of karmas.
PURPOSE OF HUMAN LIFE
Theory of evolution says that human life evolved through a long process of changes from lower life categories i.e. from Vegetable to Reptiles, then to Birds and Mammals and monkeys. True, but why?This all happened as a result of our own karma’s.
People became kings, paupers, laborers, bureaucrats, millionaires only because of their present, past or stored karmas. We the humans rose from lower to higher species and finally reached this top position.What should be our next goal now? What is the purpose of our life? Why God brought us to this life? Do we really understand the purpose of our life? We confuse it with an aim in life and start working to achieve that. Some aim to become kings, some bureaucrats, and industrialists. Some aim to have amazing wealth and for achieving their goal they work really hard and sometimes compromise with the principles of life thus adding to the already existing load of karmas. Our wishes have no limits but the period of stay in life is too short to fulfill all wishes. If all wishes are to be fulfilled then our lifespan should be unlimited but this can’t happen. This results in our rebirth in different species of life where those wishes could be fulfilled and these wishes are a cause of sustaining life in different categories. Just think, if everyone’s wish is to be fulfilled in his present life then the entire balance of nature, as well as systems, will collapse. It is just not possible. We have enjoyed everything very well while in different life categories and got this human life with God’s utmost grace. Our purpose of life should, therefore, be to rise above to next level i.e. GOD. The true purpose of life is to attain salvation, moksha or nejaat, which we can’t do in any other life form and only now in this human life by following the teachings of A PERFECT MASTER. Only they have the power to burn our stores of karmas and help us merge with GOD.