Question: What is the purpose of life?
Answer: This question underlies our experience, whether we think about it consciously or not.
I have considered this question and would like to share my thoughts in the hope that they may be of direct, practical benefit.
I believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. From the moment of birth, every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering. Neither social conditioning nor education nor ideology affect this.
From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment. I don’t know whether the universe, with its countless galaxies, stars and planets, has a deeper meaning or not, but at the very least, it is clear that we humans who live on this earth face the task of making happy life for ourselves. Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness.
I would like to invite you to our next concert on Sunday the 23rd of May at Acahrya’s Yoga Centre in Pitt Street in Sydney. It will be an evening of Hindustani classical music in the traditional baithak style, it will feature Adrian McNeil on the Sarod accompanied by Bobby Singh on the Tabla.
Ragas are mostly improvised and each has its own mood and expression which the musicians try to capture and experience in their own way.
This sense of mood is heightend even more when the musicians are sitting so close to the listeners in an intimate room where there is no sense of separation and where you can get drawn in to the subtle, soulful sounds of the music.
At Acharya’s Yoga Centre it is possible to experience this music in the traditional way as the space provides the perfect back-drop for Indian Classical music.
In about 2003 I asked my teacher Acharya that I wanted to learn more about yoga, his advice to me was to go to India and see what you find.
I asked him where in India should I go and his response was Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is said to be the “Yoga Capital of the World”, made famous to the west by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who became the guru of the Beatles in the late ’60s and spread the teachings of transcendental meditation. Ever since, Rishikesh has been a magnet for spiritual seekers.
Acharya told me of this wonderful place at the foothills of the Himalayas along the banks of the sacred river Ganges lies the town of Rishikesh. A place where sadhus and Religious people lived as true yogis.
He even explained to me a good place to stay ‘Swiss Cottage’, a very small Ashram run by an old Swami …