So often we have heard our elders and Gurus say, “Human life is very rare and precious; one must not waste this precious human life this way...”
So what exactly is the purport of this statement?...

- What makes human birth so rare and difficult to get?
- When are we said to be wasting this rare human life?
- What is the real purpose of our precious human life?’

Come, let us ponder on these questions a bit, today...
Have you ever thought what the essence of human life is?
Human life is said to be the stage where one decides his future life form. Being a human carries a tremendous responsibility and liability indeed, because every human being creates his own new birth himself.

Karma Is Bound Only in the Human Form...
Depending on the type of karma bound in human life, the living being may be reborn as a human being or as a celestial being or as an animal or plant or in hell. In human life-form, charging of new karma and discharging of old karma happen simultaneously; whilst in all other life-forms, only discharge of karma is possible.
Liberation can be attained only from the human life form...

Once the particular karmas of the respective life-form dissipates, one returns to human life-form. And when all his karmas are dissipated, the living being is liberated from this cycle of birth and death forever; he attains Moksha – the fifth and final destination.

There is no other life form besides the human form that has the privilege of granting such liberation (moksha). If one gets a human life form and is blessed to obtain the means and circumstances congenial to liberation, then his liberation will occur.

To be reborn as a human being is not easy...
When we treat others the way we would want to be treated by others, only then can we be born as a human being again. However, in this slipping era (Kalyug), binding demerit karmas is very natural, especially if we are in a bad company; and again bad company is not difficult to find in this era.

It is said that only ten percent of people in this world approximately will come back as humans here, the rest are preparing for their lower life forms!
Human life is not for wasting it in meaningless activities...

People spend their time as per their understanding. There are people who watch TV aimlessly for hours together, there are people who waste long long hours of their productive time gossiping about useless things, and there are also people who waste eight hours looking for the fifty rupees they lost.

Lord Krishna has said in the Gita that people are wasting their time in meaningless activities. Going to work to feed the family is not meaningless. But instead of caring for this human birth, when people blindly go chasing for the riches, for the worldly name, fame and success - the lifetime finishes and one does not even know why and what he was living for, all his life.

What should one do to not let it go waste?...
Contemplate throughout the day, ‘This human life should not go to waste.’ We receive fruits for our inner intent (bhaav). The constant contemplation of ‘Life as a human should not go in vain’ will someday bear good fruit.
The life has no meaning, if it is lived without any aim. One must know why he is living and accordingly should set the right aim of life. And when you attain your goal in life, you know that your life has not gone waste; you have made the right use of it.

One attains human life with great difficulty and after a lot of strenuous effort; hence this body is most invaluable. However, due to our lack of understanding, the precious time as a human being lapses to dust. We forfeit the rare human life-form and continue to wander aimlessly in the four life-forms for countless of lives.
What is the ideal goal to cherish in human life?...
Every living being yearns for happiness and seeks freedom from pain and suffering. Our goal too should be to attain happiness and be free from all pain and suffering. But of what kind? Let us see...

The real reason behind all the suffering in endless wanderings is that we have not known our true identity; we do not know, “Who Am I?”. Yes, we actually do not know our own Self! In human life alone can we investigate our true identity and bring a stop to the aimless wandering.
Ignorance of the Self itself is pain; happiness cannot remain without knowledge of the Self. One can surely derive transient happiness from material things, but temporary happiness cannot be called true happiness. True happiness is that which once experienced, never brings unhappiness. Everyone is in search of such happiness.
Such happiness is called Moksha and the experience of such happiness is possible in human birth only, when we know our real Self. Freedom from all forms of suffering is the first stage of Moksha that occurs here in this life itself; and the ultimate Moksha occurs when all our karmas come to an end. It is only from the human form that liberation from the cycle of birth and death is possible.

Should we not know our Real Self then?...
Self-Realization is the real purpose of human life. And for that, one should find a Gnani Purush because ‘Who am I?’ cannot be understood on our own. Only the liberated One can liberate us.

Life after life we have wished for liberation. But liberation is attainable only when all circumstances come together. And the purest circumstance for liberation is that of our meeting with Living Gnani. The ‘Self’ described in scriptures cannot help us experience our real Self. Just like a picture of a lamp in a book cannot lighten our lamp, but in order to light our lamp we need to touch our lamp with the real enlightened lamp.

The fulfilment of the purpose of human life is attained when one meets the Living Gnani and receives His grace! By establishing our connection with Gnani Purush, our body, which for endless lives had been a foe, becomes our friend through which we not only progress on the path of liberation but also carry out very nicely all our responsibilities in the worldly life and thus complete all our karmas so as to attain the final liberation from the cycle of birth and death..

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https://www.dadabhagwan.org/path-to-happiness/relationship/death-and-rel...

Author's Bio: 

Ambalal M. Patel was a civil contractor by profession. In June 1958, spontaneous Self-Realization occurred within Ambalal M. Patel. From this point on, Ambalal became a Gnani Purush, and the Lord that manifest within him became known as Dada Bhagwan. A Gnani Purush is One who has realized the Self and is able help others do the same. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan used to go from town to town and country-to-country to give satsang (spiritual discourse) and impart the knowledge of the Self, as well as knowledge of harmonious worldly interactions to everyone who came to meet him. This spiritual science, known as Akram Vignan, is the step-less path to Self-realization.