Most of us these days are busy in making a living. There are a few others who lend a helping hand where needed, donate hard-earned money for supporting the less fortunate. Although the percentage of time spent, or money donated on such activities varies from one to another – a question will arise at some point during the life time – ‘Is this it? Is this the purpose of life?’
Scriptures can help us in such aspects and shape our life to its best! It is said that life becomes beautiful when we know the purpose and way to lead it rather than simply leading it. Just like the difference between ‘merely biting a fruit as soon as you buy it’ compared to ‘washing our hands, washing the fruit, wiping it, slicing it, being grateful towards the tree, going one step further and being grateful to the creator, utilising the strength obtained by having the fruit for right cause’ etc.
One may think that it is too much to do just for having a slice of fruit. That was a small example. But, the perception with which one performs a task completes it and leaves one with no burden/karma! Now that we understand we can make our life more purposeful and less burdensome with the help of knowledge given in the scriptures, let’s see what it says.
This word is like the tip of an ice-berg which opens so many questions. One needs to know how to do this activity, the parardhyam. Is it simply giving away everything or going to non-profit/service organisations and spending money and time? Or is there any intellect/knowledge one needs to have while leading the life this way? Certainly, there is the knowledge base – the foundation on which the life is to be lead (karma with the foundation of true jnana).
This beautiful foundation is given as Thiruppavai, 30 poems written by our beloved lady saviour, Goda Devi!
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