Meaningful LifeWhat is it? How to achieve it?This slideshow created from lecture delivered by Swami Amartayananda on 2nd February 2015 at RamKrishna Misson, Khar, Mumbai, INDIA.3 parts to this documentPart 1:Understanding MatterPart 2: Using MatterPart 3:The Goal of lifeMeaningful LifeUnderstanding MatterPart 1How we live our life?We are bornWe growGet educatedGain qualifications & thenWork to be successful.
Success to most of us mean acquiring things like name, fame, fortune, etc.
We Complain!We live for success and then after living a whole lifeWhat complains we make?We feel dissatisfied with life.We experience discontentment towards outcomes of life.We feel we struggled so much yet we got so little.Why such feelings surround us after living for 30-40-50 years?Incidentally, the more we haveThe more dissatisfaction seem to arise.Life appears to have burned away like a candle.Its gone! We feel.
Why?We even start feeling that people at levels below us are more happier than us. Why we begin to feel our success has given us only little?This happens because our life is driven by our desires, which in turn are related to matter.What is Matter?Matter is everything around us.
Then we can be happy.
We believe that if we can possess this matter, i.e. become successfulBut in realityThe more matter we possess, more miserable we become.All happiness gets turned into unhappiness.And as desires enhance, happiness stops coming from achievements.Why?After a while, success stops bringing happinessThe Matter is perishableReason:All matter is perishableThe cars, the gadgets, the houses.We the people, our friends, I, you, us.This universe, this earth, the sun & the moon.Our qualifications, degrees, awards & rewards.Every form of matter is perishable.We are unhappy.The moment matter perishes we lose it & then.Some examples:We cant buy our dream car/house: disappointment arises.Husband dies, wife is miserable.Old age comes, people feel disheartened.Matter Perishes & We unhappy.Thus, the truth While we try catch success through acquisition of matter, what we get instead are sufferings.Chase for matter bring us only miseries.In our foolishnessSo, Is matter such a bad thing?
A question?Now if matter is so bad, why it exists in the first place?This we understand in Part 2This is the END OF PART 1Using MatterPart 224Lets learn from 2 Examples:How we create problems with matter?25Example 1:Suppose we have to travel from point X to point Y.We may have 4 options:Go anyway availableGo by bus/trainGo by carGo by a luxury carIf we say we will go only by a luxury car, we have created the problem with matter.26Example 2:A Doctor gets a rich patient who can afford every treatment.The doctor senses opportunity and decides to charge this patient three times the actual cost of the treatment. A problem has been created. 27Matter is needed to run the world.Without matter there will be no world; no life.28Both are perishable.Both, the world and this life themselves are matter. 29It must be used to reach the Goal of life. How?Thus, the matter is very much needed for life, though30An Example:A Doctor gets a poor patient.Still, the doctor gives the patient as much time as is needed for the treatment.This way the doctor has used matter (qualification) to achieve the GOAL.Matter being used to reach the GOAL.31What is this GOAL?We learn in Part 3This is the end of Part 2
A revisionWe chase matter, thats perishable.When matter perishes we become unhappy.But matter is needed for life.Thus, the trick is to use matter for achieving the GOAL.Part 1 & Part 2Meaningful LifeWhat is the Goal?Part 3Two Truths:The Goal is same for allThe Path is same for all
Everyone must go from point x to point y.There is no escape for anyone in this rule.Re: Goal of lifeWhat is point x?Our present state of searching permanent happiness running after matter that is perishable.What is point y?The GOAL of life, the place of permanent happiness that is NOT focused on matter.What is this non-matter?Now, If everything is matterThere are different names used for this non-matter. Swami Amartayananda call it Peace.The Goal of life is to find this peace that is not perishable.peace is a non-matter.We keep searching peace in matter, whereasHow we achieve it?So, if peace is a non-matterJust like in the example of the doctor who treated the poor patient with as much dedication.By that action the doctor fulfilled his responsibility.He used matter (his qualification) to find the non-matter (peace).
It is through change of our attitude that we are able to shift our focus from matter to non-matter.So instead of focusing on success in acquiring matter, we begin focusing on attainment of peace.Once achieved even 1%, this attitude leads to great joy that is not perishable by any force in the universe.Caution:This attitude is not achieved by merely learning theory, but through constant practice of the principle in everyday life.Thus, we must use matter to find this non-matter, just like the doctor did by treating the poor patient.Swami Amartayananda says: There is no harm in making money, provided we never touch it.Instead use it to service others.This attitude he says is the road to peace.A life spent on road to peace.So, what is a meaningful life?By focusing on non-matter.By non-attachment to Matter.& How meaningful life is achieved?Summary50If we focus on success through acquisition of matterAre two opposing forces51Because Matter we Acquire is perishable. There shall never be any permanent happiness52This state is achieved through a change of attitude.Permanent happiness is in pursuance of non-matter.53One is able to achieve peace through same actions of life.Once attitude is directed towards non-matter.54Peace is the Goal of Life.A life spent in pursuance of peace is meaningful life.
55Swami Amartayananda is a distinguished senior monk of RamKrishna Order. He is also our revered teacher.
Swami ji prescribes SDM methodology for life:SatsangDisciplined LifeMeditationThis presentation created by: Puneet Srivastava, a student of Swami Amartayananda since 2001
Photo courtesy:Dr. Amit Dixit 2015#quote#SDMIf Goal is not clear, the journey is meaningless Swami Amartayananda#quote#SDMHappiness is the cause of unhappiness & we are not considering this at all. Swami Amartayananda#quote#SDMWe keep searching peace running after happiness through success in matter, which is perishable. Swami Amartayananda#quote#SDMWhat we know is not sufficient,we must practice as well. Swami AmartayanandaEnd of Document