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A Product called Life

When we go to buy a product, what does the salesman do? He tries to explain what the product is. If we are buying a mobile phone, he explains how the mobile has two special cameras on either side. If it is a laptop, he explains how it is the lightest laptop in the world, with a feather touchscreen. Whatever be the product, we try to understand the features of the product before we buy it. If we are buying a massage chair, we will compare it with other chairs in terms of cost, functions, warranty and whatever else we seek from it.

But what about life? It is one product we can’t choose. We do not decide where we will be born and when; who will be our parents and what will be our gender. All this is to do with the product ‘Life’, but not many of us understand who decides all this. Is it just by chance that somebody is born in Africa or Japan? Whether we are born in a wealthy family or one affected with poverty; whether we are born healthy or most unfortunately blind, all this is controlled by the creator of the product called ‘Life’. Although there is no scientific proof, but it seems quite obvious that just like we believe in the Law of Gravity through inference, life happens based on our Karma or our past actions. The Law of Action and Reaction, Cause and Effect states, ‘What you give is what you get.’ It is this Law that ensures that apples don’t grow on mango trees. The Law of Karma seems to be universally in force in this world and it controls the destiny of our life.

Nothing in life is certain. We may be happy or unhappy, a success or a failure, healthy or sick, but one thing is certain- death. Nobody can escape out of life alive. The day we are born, we are sure that we will die, but we don’t know when. How we are born and how and when we will die are two things that are beyond our control unless we unnaturally instinct death upon ourselves. We human beings are blessed with the gift of the intellect. We can choose and discriminate between right and wrong, good and bad, the truth and the myth. We have been blessed with a choice to act based on our thoughts, our feelings, and our decisions. This is the most unique feature of the product, life. Animals can’t discriminate and choose, nor can plants and trees, although they too live, they too have a life, and they too die!

We celebrate our birthday on the day we are delivered on earth but our date of conception is about 9 months before that. Our life starts as a zygote, a tiny cell that is formed with the union of two cells after fertilization. The zygote becomes an embryo and then the fetes. Most of us don’t realize that life itself is Divine. However much parents may try or want to conceive a child, unless there is Divine intervention, this product called ‘Life’ would not arrive on earth.

Life is a journey between birth and death. There are some people who do not realize that the biggest treasure that they possess is this product called ‘Life’. There is nothing more valuable than life itself. Still, there are many who just exist. They don’t truly live. They kill time as life flows by like a river. It empties into the ocean at death.

Have you taken charge of your life? Do you treasure the biggest gift you are blessed with? Have you understood the true meaning of life, ‘Who are you and why are you here? ’You should live a purposeful life. You mustn’t just drift through life without understanding what it is and without making the best of this gift called ‘Life’.

November 30th, 2020

One Comment

  1. Fred Ermlich says:

    It amazes me that so few people in this “modern” world understand what you just said. I don’t personally believe in this Karma idea, not in terms of anything in the past tense. Or in the future really, not necessarily in the how or when we die. Karma comes too close to mindless religion for me. Except, I have to admit, your Karma does affect the present day, which can affect the future.

    But that’s a minor point. We are introduced to life by . . . well, there’s no introduction. As you say, it happens without *anybody* having a say in the matter. And life comes with a mortgage, a guarantee, a promise that we’ll die some day. This is where modern “civilized” man has gone astray. Why live in fear or terror over something that you were born knowing? You think you have a right to life? Yet you really have a right and obligation to die someday. Isn’t that a great thing! It means you can live your life with vigor and joy (if that’s possible in the situation you are born into). Then you die. It may be miserable, or happen while you sleep, or when a meteor lands on your roof. Like being born, you don’t get to choose.

    I believe in living a life hard. Doing what you want to do. Filling it up. There’s nothing to lose, really.

    Well, that’s the only wisdom I have to give.


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