What is the purpose of my life?

Mahavatar Babaji is omnipresent and all pervading. He responds to our earnest prayers and listens to the faintest voice that is whispered in our hearts when we call out to God, for self enquiry and for self-enrichment.

On Friday, the 4th of July, at the time of dusk, I stood with my hands folded in front of Babaji’s photo hung on the wall, and spoke silently in my mind, which in a way was a prayer. I whispered, “Babaji, I want to become like you. I wish to meditate more, in depth and duration. I wish to know more about God and His unfathomable Nature. I wish to serve God more than I do now. I want to spend more of my time serving God in whichever way I can. I want to aspire, I want to rise, Babaji.”

It was a very spontaneous act and came about without any deliberate act or premeditative thought, although I like to speak to the inner Power many times in the day. After doing this, I left the place and went about with the next job of the day- planning and preparing the meals. I did not have the time to think about this incident again until…

In the early hours of the following morning, I had a dream which had all the answers to my silent conversation with God. I saw that there was a three storeyed white house with a white terrace. Each floor was connected to the next floor through a flight of stairs outside on the left side of the house. Babaji was with me and he hinted with his right hand at me to start walking on the steps with him. We both began to climb the steps one by one and quickly reached the first floor. It was easy for me and we climbed further up speedily when at a point, on the second floor, I realised that my mind began to run in a different direction i.e. instead of walking up the stairs, my mind diverted to something else. I was aware that my mind was being pulled outwards but I brought it back and resumed going up the stairs again.

Quickly me and Babaji took a leap and covered many steps when once again, my mind got distracted and began to flow in another direction. I became conscious of the bungling of my mind and I confessed to Babaji that my mind is running somewhere else in another direction from what I should be doing.

To this revered Babaji answered very politely, “The main aim of meditation is this- that you should be able to focus and concentrate your mind continuously on God in depth and duration  for a long time. The rest of the benefits that one gets out of meditation on God come along by the way as by-products. This is the main purpose of meditation” So I immediately understood that I lacked deep concentration and that I must meditate more often to be able to stay on the thought of God for longer period of time. I have a lot of home-work to do, I realised and a long way to go!  I have just begun my journey, I thought to myself!

After revealing a priceless pearl of Truth, Babaji gave me a helping hand and we both resumed the climb on the flight of stairs till we reached the terrace. The inner walls of the terrace were white in colour and silence and peace resided there!

Then after this I saw there was a temple of Mahadev, Lord Shiva where a sea of people were standing in a long queue. I saw a black Shivlinga in the main hall and the people were offering milk, water, coconut and flowers on the idol. They all had come there to ask God for all types of wishes to be fulfilled. I looked at Babaji and told him with an expression of disgust, “No, no, I don’t want all this. I want knowledge of God and Nature.” Babaji looked at me  into my eyes and immediately we both left the temple.

After this something more took place, I had some more visions like a slide of pictures moving one after another which I do not remember very well, but I do remember what all Babaji had told me in my dream very vividly. When I woke up in the morning, its memory was still lingering in my mind which I recalled and noted them down in my register. I have arranged the text in the following passages for you to know dear. Please read this with all your attention and devotedness.

The eternal truths are documented in the holy scriptures and Babaji is very gracious to have simplified them for me and also explained the life altering facts so that they are forever etched in my mind. He said- “In a nutshell, people can be categorised into three groups:-

1) The lowest type of people are those who ask God only for themselves. They always want but never give anything in return to others. They do not share at all with other persons. Such people are greedy and selfish in nature. They are ‘tamasic‘ in quality and nature. Majority of people fall in this category.

2) The second type of people are those who come to God or go to temples and ask for material prosperity and other wish fulfilments. Out of what they get, they give some of it to others. They are the ones who have many desires to fulfill so they give something to God and ask something in return as though trading. Such people are called Rajasic.

3) The third type of people are those who ask nothing from God for themselves. They only give. These are very few in numbers and such people are very close and dear to God. They are most unselfish and giving in nature, in temperament as well as in tendencies. They are saatvik in nature. So God gives them everything without their asking anything in return. In everything comes peace, prosperity and salvation- Dharma, Artha, Kaam, Moksha.

Dharma- Dharma means the ability of the intellect to distinguish right from wrong. God will tell from within to such pure hearts what is right and what is wrong for them, which actions to do and which to refrain from. Such an intellect is Saatvik or Saatvik buddhi. The buddhi becomes purified by doing selfless karmas or actions. A pure buddhi can discriminate between truth and delusion, ignorance and wisdom, right and wrong.

Artha- Who am I? And what is the purpose and meaning of my life? These questions will form and arise only in the selfless soul. These types of questions will preoccupy the mind of the soul and he will not drift, not go astray and he will not get lost in the web of the illusionary blinding Maya.

Kaam– The seeker will search and find all his answers in knowing God. Once all his desires are fulfilled by God, he will be free from the bondage of delusion creating desires. God anyway fulfills all the desires of a selfless yogi.

Moksha– Finally, God will free the soul from all the bondages of endless desires and the Spirit will become free from all worldly desires and cravings. He will at last be at peace with himself and the world around him. He will live in this world but not of this world.”

Mahavatar Babaji then revealed a mantra to me which when repeated gives us peace, love, health, mental stability, harmony and liberation from all sufferings. It was-

“Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya.”

Om- the sound of God.

Namo- I bow to you.

Bhagwate- God.

Vasudeva- All pervading God.

Literally, it means- I bow to you, the all pervading God.

This mantra is a beej mantra and can be recited, repeated or chanted at any time of the day or night, alone or in a big or small group. The chanting of this mantra has the power of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing. It helps us in discarding bad tendencies dormant in the mind and in their place good tendencies and qualities are cultivated.

The mind and body are charged with divine vibrations and our immediate environment is surcharged with peace giving spiritual vibrations.

On special occasions and days such as birthdays, wedding anniversaries, death anniversaries one must allot 20 to 30 minutes aside and chant this beej mantra as it has liberating force embedded in it.

Before the taking place of a marriage in the house, if the couple  in their spare time chant this mantra continuously for many days, they will become spiritual partners and in future will help each other in salvaging and liberating  their soul which is the aim of the sacred institution of marriage.

When we are sick and need healing, we must repeat this mantra.

If one’s end is close, chanting of this mantra makes the passage of the person to the other world easy.

If we are caught up in some mishap, difficulty, accident or crisis we can overcome the situation and the difficulty will be surpassed by remembering and repetition of this mantra in our mind.

In case of mental depression and other mental sicknesses, chant this powerful mantra. It will without fail give tranquillity and peace of mind.

Mandira, just imagine how compassionate our Babaji is. He is solving the riddle of life for us in such an easy- to- understand and quick- to- do method. Our lives are today very busy and fast and we always say that how can I spare time for God. But Babaji has shown us the way in which we can become a karam yogi and also have devotion for God simultaneously. While our body may be busy with the daily routine work, our mind should be fixed on God. After all, it is the mind that perceives God. Silent chanting of this mantra can go on all the time at the back of our mind even in the midst of heavy duties. Uninterrupted chanting will silence the restless mind.

So start now, my dear repeat along with me- Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya, Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya, Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya….

{Refer to ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ by Sri Paramhansa Yogananda for more information about Sri Mahavatar Babaji.  Chapter 33-” Whenever anyone utters with reverence the name of Babaji, that devotee attracts an instant spiritual blessing,” Sri Lahiri Mahasaya.}

23 Responses to What is the purpose of my life?

  1. What a lovely blog! 🙂 We have been very fortunate to have a Guru who guides us in every step we take! 🙂 I simply follow every word that he says and it is very important that we should never question his decisions!
    You have explained attunement so beautifully! This post is something one has to read many times and I will do it! Thanks!

  2. spiritinlife says:

    Thank you very much for taking so much interest in my blog and for expressing your views on this topic.

  3. doodlescribble says:

    Dear Sarika Aunty,

    I have two questions to ask you ~

    1. In our daily routine we might not find places and environments which are peaceful and serene. In such situations, it’s very natural for the mind to get distracted, how can we endure the situation and tame the mind then? Should we stop being very social at that point of time?

    2. You have talked about and advised the chant of the Beej Mantra at several important occasions of our lives . How much more powerful is it to Gayatri Mantra? Or we can chant either of them?

    Thanks and Regards,

    Deepanjan

  4. spiritinlife says:

    Dear Deepanjan,
    It is very good to see that you are very regular in reading all the posts and are also keen to know more. Whenever we have little spare time or if our current life is slow in pace, it is a blessing in disguise. Such times must be used to salvage our souls.
    First of all please know that there are two worlds- inside and outside. The outside world is always noisy and chaotic, rather disturbing.It is natural for the mind to be disturbed when we step in it. But what we can do is initiate the process of calming the mind with regular practice at home twice daily by learning to concentrate and then meditate. Once the mind becomes very stable, the outer world’s experiences are all learning experiences and the world becomes a school for us. From now onwards whenever you interact with people, stay silent and calm, listen to them more than talking and when you come home review what is it that God is teaching you through all this. What have you learnt today?
    Do not take in the bad qualities or impure thoughts and values of the guests, friends, colleagues etc…If you find that they are a bad influence on you, avoid and ignore them. The yogi has to be careful in choosing the people with whom he mixes frequently or intensely. Find people who add something positive and enriching elements in your personality. And also mix with saintly and godly people who will act as anchors in your life and will not let you go astray!!
    Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya is a beej mantra as it is of the Lord of the Universe and hence encompasses everything. But mantras are for different purposes and for different times, so all mantras are good and useful. Gayatri Mantra is also very powerful and is mainly chanted to gain sharpness in buddhi or intelllect, to gain scriptural and esoteric knowledge and also for its protection from evil forces. Chant and repeat whatever you feel like naturally, any mantra will do but do it with devotion…
    And now please read this post once again and you will find many more gems hidden in it!!
    With blessings.
    Sarika Aunty

  5. doodlescribble says:

    Dear Sarika Aunty,

    I woke up early to experience peace and start my day with a serene mind.
    I re-read the last post, just to realise it has more gems embedded in it. The three categories of human beings is very vividly explained – Tamasic, Rajasic and Saatvic. To be very frank, our lifestyles demands us more to be Rajasic and when you mention that the Saatvic are the ones who just give to God and ask nothing in return, I wonder what can we give back to God. He/She is so all-encompassing, so grand and we are just a tiny spec in the whole universe He/She controls.
    Probably a small token, if we share a part of our wealth with the downtrodden. Whenever the Bhikshus come from the various Ashrams chanting various Kirtans, I try to be as generous.
    Infact after the fiascoes of Ramdev Baba’s delusive fast, Sri Sathya Saibaba’s Trust revealing huge amounts of unaccounted wealth and many such incidents in the past I have lost faith in many religious and sacred institutions. I feel that to run such big instituitions they need money, and it’s very natural that handling of the wealth may fall in the hands of wrong people.Yet I know of some inconspicuous institutions where we can have faith. Therefore I keep faith in one Goddess in my heart and pray to Her for all strength. And when I go to worship Her at a Temple, all I ask is to show me the right path and give me strength to overcome the tempests.
    Regards,
    Deepanjan

    • spiritinlife says:

      Dear Deepanjan, If you sleep with a clear and clean mind, you will wake up with a serene mind!! Before sleeping you should clear the mind of all the debris of the day’s chatter and other stuff and instead say your daily prayers. When you wake up close your eyes for a while, think of and awaken Mother Goddess in you and ask Her to bless you for the day that is yet to unfold. I agree that our life styles demand us to be aggressive, dishonest….. or to be concise Rajsik, but the problem is nobody understands that if you carry out any wrong action, we will have to reap the same in future. Believers in God and their destiny are satisfied souls because they are certain that their share of things will come their way so it is always more important to keep a check on ‘the means’ of success and not just success. This is my opinion but I know a few people agree to this and everyone seems to be in a sort of hurry to reach somewhere and then regret their decisions. If we have faith in God and His justice we get what is right for us and not what we want. Think about it and let me know. Regarding being generous continue with this good practice and give in organizations where your money will be utilized well. Your good deed will come back to you, leave the rest of the stories. Nonetheless keep your faith in goodness, mercy and generosity.
      Your prayers to Mother Goddess is so right, keep praying, ask for redemption, release from ignorance and attainment of salvation.
      With my good wishes and prayers for you always
      Sarika Aunty

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  7. Shahid says:

    Sarikaji, I will always remember this sentence “The main aim of meditation is this- that you should be able to focus and concentrate your mind continuously on God in depth and duration for a long time.”

    Thank you Sarikaji for all this vast ocean like wisdom you have
    just gifted to us in the form of this Divine blog.You have been
    dedicated and written this blog through your high and low
    phases of life so from the bottom of my heart, SHUKRIYA !!!

    Yeh Blog par koi dhaam nahi laga sakta, yeh blog ANMOL hai !!!

    Beloved Babaji, Thank you so much for giving us this valuable beej mantra “Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya” and also you have been kind to tell us when to use it. Have been chanting it earlier too and shall continue.

  8. Asim says:

    “While our body may be busy with the
    daily routine work, our mind should
    be fixed on God. After all, it is the
    mind that perceives God. Silent
    chanting of this mantra can go on all
    the time at the back of our mind even
    in the midst of heavy duties.
    Uninterrupted chanting will silence the
    restless mind.”
    Priceless lines aunty..Om Namo Bhagawate Vasudevaya… 🙂

    • spiritinlife says:

      Dear Asim,

      Shri Krishna Govind Hare Murare, Hey Nath Narayan Vasudevaya……

      If you want to be a karma yogi, then follow these lines with devotion. Krishna advocated his favourite disciple Arjuna that he must be a karamyogi and not a karam sannyasi because renouncing actions does not make the mind calm and still. It is the renouncing of the egoism and material and worldly desires and passions that makes our mind peaceful. So carry on with all your daily duties and put your mind in one place. Anchor your mind on God. Jaap or chanting is easy to do while we are performing the daily and demanded duties because by doing so, the mind is not out of control and purification of the mind also takes place simultaneously.
      Read what is renunciation?-I to differentiate between a karam yogi and a karam sannyasi from segment B “Door to Heaven”.

      Vasudev, Vasudevam Kansachanurmardanam, devakiparmanandam Krishnam Vande jagatgurum………

      • Asim says:

        Dear aunty,
        I noticed that even when we work the mind in back hums a different tune and if it is not good,evil tendencies get strenghtened unconciously…so am trying to replace with jap as you told so all time we can be God conscious and never lose his anchor… 🙂

        • spiritinlife says:

          It is the environment, the past tendencies Asim which shoot out their evil faces in the beginning as if to say that we are the Holy Masters, so submit to us. But remember the evil tendencies die out very soon at the arrival of the pure, divine energies. Therefore continue with your chanting. Meditation is so many times missed for urgent commitments but for the karamyogi, japa can be pursued at any time of the day or during any activity.
          Interruptions is the beginning state. Make it permanent by doing japa for a very long period of time, many years. Like Ma Sharada did the ‘japa yoga’, you must be familiar with this. Long duration of chanting will clean up the residual past tendencies. Every word that you will utter will be counted and noted down by the antarAtma, so no effort goes to waste, simply pursue this beautiful karma……
          Lots of love
          Sarika Aunty

  9. manju says:

    Jai Guru dear Sarikaji,

    truly Mahavatar Babaji is watching over all the blog readers and even blessing them ,since i was praying to sri Babaji that kindly give me a mantra which i should chant as often i can and today i told him Sri Babaji i am opening any post please give me a mantra as my Param Guru !!!! Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya is the mantra in this post !!!! truly he answers every prayer of ours . eternally grateful to you dear Sarkaji for your efforts !!!!

    Jai Guru,

    manju

  10. Shahid says:

    My heart wants to chant more and more each day but somehow not able to find the time to do this. What you wrote in the comments is so true ” Long duration of chanting will clean up the residual past tendencies. ”

    May all readers of this blog be blessed in body, mind and spirit eternally by the divine masters ❤

  11. midhunpk210 says:

    ohm namo bhagavade vasudevaya..

    tamasic, rajasic, swatik…three gunas..will read again this post..

    In Geeta too, Shri Krishna said

    ये चैव सात्त्विका भावा राजसास्तामसाश्च ये।
    मत्त एवेति तान्विद्धि नत्वहं तेषु ते मयि।।7.12।।

    Those things that indeed are made of (the quality of ) sattva, and those things that are made of (the quality of) rajas and tamas, know them to have sprung from Me alone. However, I am not in them; they are in Me!

    ohm babaji.

    thanks sarika ji..

    With all love..

    Midhun PK

  12. pandey2 says:

    Purpose of Life-

    People can be categorised into three groups –

    Tamasic: The lowest type – Only take but do not t share at all with other persons. Majority of people fall in this category.

    Rajasic: Out of what they get, they give some of it to others as though trading.

    Saatvik: Selfless Souls, ask nothing from God for themselves. They only give. These are very few in numbers and such people are very close and dear to God. God give them everything – peace, prosperity and salvation- Dharma, Artha, Kaam, Moksha.
    Dharma- Ability of the intellect to discriminate between truth and delusion, ignorance and wisdom, right and wrong.
    Artha- to know who am I? And what is the purpose and meaning of my life?
    Kaam- Desire to find all the answers in knowing God.
    Moksha- Finally, God will free the soul from all the bondages of endless desires and the Spirit will become free from all worldly desires and cravings. He will live in this world but not of this world.”

    The main aim of meditation to be able to focus and concentrate your mind continuously on God in depth and duration for a long time. The rest of the benefits that one gets out of meditation on God come along by the way as by-products. This is the main purpose of meditation.

    Ma, wish we all can aspire to become what you had aspired “Babaji, I want to become like you. I wish to meditate more, in depth and duration. I wish to know more about God and His unfathomable Nature. I wish to serve God more than I do now. I want to spend more of my time serving God in whichever way I can. I want to aspire, I want to rise, Babaji.”

    “Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya.”

    I bow to you, the all pervading God.

    My humble Pranam to Ma, Babaji and all the divine masters.

  13. Shilpa says:

    – call out to God, for self enquiry and for self-enrichment.
    – The main aim of meditation is this- that you should be able to focus and concentrate your mind continuously on God in depth and duration for a long time.
    Mantra: “Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya.” when repeated gives us peace, love, health, mental stability, harmony and liberation from all sufferings.It helps us in discarding bad tendencies dormant in the mind and in their place good tendencies and qualities are cultivated.

    While our body may be busy with the daily routine work, our mind should be fixed on God.
    Initiate the process of calming the mind with regular practice at home twice daily by learning to concentrate and then meditate.

    The yogi has to be careful in choosing the people with whom he mixes frequently or intensely.
    Gayatri Mantra is also very powerful and is mainly chanted to gain sharpness in buddhi or intelllect, to gain scriptural and esoteric knowledge and also for its protection from evil forces.

  14. Chaya says:

    Dearest Ma,

    I read this post in continuation to “Listen To The Voice Of Your Inner Soul-1” and chanted the Beej Manthra. Feeling really uplifted… Thank you Babaji and dear Ma.

  15. Surbhi says:

    Sarika ji,

    Three types of people and meaning of Dharma, Moksha, Arth, Kaam is so clearly explained by Baba ji for benefit of souls like us who have just embarked on this journey.

    I have a question:

    I have been chanting “hare krishna mahamantra” for about 2 years now. Should I continue the same or shift beej mantra or both. I am so used to mahamantra that it comes naturally to me. Please advice?

  16. midhunpk210 says:

    ” He will at last be at peace with himself and the world around him. He will live in this world but not of this world.”

    Thanks a lot..

    ” Three things are hard to achieve, and are attained only by the grace of God, Human nature, The desire for liberation, and finding refuge with a great sage.”- Vivekachoodamani

  17. Kiran says:

    Maa, I read this post again today. My take aways –

    – The main aim of meditation is this- that you should be able to focus and concentrate your mind continuously on God in depth and duration for a long time. The rest of the benefits that one gets out of meditation on God come along by the way as by-products. This is the main purpose of meditation.

    – Three type of Peoples – ‘Tamasic’,’Rajasic’,’saatvik’.

    – Saatvik seek/ follow Dharma,Artha,Kaam, Moksha.

    – The maha Beeja mantra given by Babaji – “Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya.” and its benefits.

    I have been chanting this mantra from a long time, will continue that.

    Maa, I went thru your replies to other comments. Learnt few new things from it. Thank you.

    My humble paranams to Babaiji , You and other great divine masters.

    ~Kiran

  18. Shahid says:

    ” Finally, God will free the soul from all the bondages of endless desires and the Spirit will become free from all worldly desires and cravings. He will at last be at peace with himself and the world around him. He will live in this world but not of this world.” ❤

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