I hope you are staying healthy and grounded in today's world.
So many people are concerned about the future today. What's happening? What's the best thing to do? How is this going to end?
Yogic wisdom may not have all the answers, but it certainly provides clear answers to timeless questions.
Allow me to philosophize for a bit.
First, it helps to zoom out and get a broader perspective. A much much broader perspective.
And that is: Who are we? and What is the purpose of life?
In Vedanta (the philosophy of Yoga), each one of us is a manifestation of Brahman.
Brahman is Consciousness in its purest form.
Cosmic Consciousness, or Universal Consciousness, it is also known by many names in different religions.
Brahman is inexplicable, incomprehensible, untouchable by the mind = we cannot understand it, because our mind is too limited, too scattered, and too impure.
Yoga masters say that we are Brahman. Each one of us.
Brahman in Sanskrit means "that which expands."
As such, Brahman chooses to expand = to come into existence, or manifest, in an infinite variety of ways. It does so when it manifests as you.
You are unique and unlike any other human being, or any being for that matter, that has ever existed.
But Brahman is a lot more than human beings. It is the world, the space, and all the universes that exist or have the potential to exist. It is this world with all of our cultures and our differences, our values and stories, our troubles and sufferings, and our current world situation. It is simply Brahman that has decided to manifest in this unique way.
What would you do if you were God?
You'd try this and that. Over lifetimes and eons. Try everything. Try every possible scenario of existence. With love and pain, peace and war, beauty and darkness. How about a global pandemic?
So what is the purpose of life?
As far as Brahman is concerned, it is to expand, to burgeon, to spring forth, to manifest in as many ways as infinitely possible.
As an individual human being, conscious of yourself as separate from others, you may have a different idea of your own purpose of life. Yet, your purpose is completely unique (even if you do not think so), and it is yours alone to manifest. Now, in this moment, in the midst of a global pandemic. There is no wrong action that you can possibly take. Whatever you choose to do in this moment in history is perfect because it is one way that has never been done, and that is precisely the point.