what should be the Prime Duty of a man’s life has always been agitating my mind as much confusion has been created especially in the Hindu scriptures and by the top Hindu Dharm Gurus with divergent opinions.
The Hindu scriptures talk of four objects of life that is DHARM, ARTH, KAM and MOKSHA (धर्म, अर्थ, काम और मोक्ष ), the ultimate aim being Moksha or salvation ( that isdissolution of Atma into Parmatma, ) which can be achieved by self realization ( becoming Atmaswarup ) only through Meditation. I am not at all averse of Meditation. I do practice it for some time everyday, but not for the purpose of liberating myself from the circle of life and death. Meditation gives us mental peace and solace. Its remarkable remedy for so many evils but it cannot be made the sole duty of a man’ life. “Is it not an selfish act”? Where thousands of persons are suffering with pain and agony, should we not care for them and think for self improvement only ?
Mahatma Gautam Budha had said ” न त्वहं कामये राज्यम, न स्वर्गं न पुनर्भवम 81;। कामये दुःख तृप्ताना 50; प्राणिनम 66;र्ति नाशनम्। ” (Neither I wish kingdom, nor heaven, nor rebirth, I only wish to remove the sufferings of human being in this present life ) and the Budha Dharm which was born in India, crossed the borders of the country. Is it not more realistic and ideal ?
Swami Vivekananda says – “To serve man is to serve God.” He also said I worship that God whom fools call – ‘man’. Is it not more meaningful than to search God Almighty in temples and at various places of pilgrimages.
In Gita Shri Krishna says – “ समोअहम सर्वभूते 59;ु ……. ” I am immanent in every creature. Then why we search Him in various imaginary statues of God instead searching Him amongst poor down trodden people suffering from pain and agony.
Saint Kabirdas says – “मोको कहाँ ढूंढे रे बन्दे मै तो तेरे पास में …” ( Where do you search me I am within you )
Baba Ampte devoted his whole life to serve the lepers.
Mother Teresa also did the same.
I feel the word ‘Salvation’ or ‘Moksha has not been interpreted correctly. ‘Moksha’ is a Sanskrit word which means to get rid of something. Here ‘Moksha’ means to get rid from all of our evils like Kam, Krodh (Anger). Lobh (greed), Moha, Irshya (Jealousness) Alasya, Nidra, Ahankar (Proudness) etc and not dissolution of Atma into Parmatma which is something unknown and unseen.
I feel as nothing is known, clear or certain as to what happens after death, one should worry only for the present life and not for the life after death and while taking care of self, he must share the miseries and sufferings of the human beings also and that should be the Prime duty of his life thanks speaking tree.