“A few days ago, as I was returning from my work, I visited Pashupatinath temple as I hadn’t been there since long. I was expecting to get that spiritual feel and peace of mind which could help my stressed mind to relax. But, as soon as I entered the premises, the first thing I noticed was the thick smoke rising up from the crematorium, the smell of the burning human body and the sound of wailing people around. Then, I did not walk around the temples as per my plan. I just went at the opposite side to the crematorium, sat there and began to think about this uncertain and unpredictable life.
Life surely is very cruel. Still, Even after knowing that either the crematorium or the graveyard is waiting for us, we fight against each other, we cheat others and do whatever we can to make our ephemeral lifespan joyous.
Well, then I suddenly remembered this question from ‘Quora’:
“Why do we live? Why do we have to dream? Why do we have to work hard and live even if we are going to die someday?” This question had indeed kicked my heart at that time. That day, being just in front of the crematorium watching the human body turning into ashes, so many things started hovering around my head and I challenged myself to answer these huge questions.“
I felt like pouring my heart today.
My take on
What actually is the meaning of our life? Why actually we dream, work hard or even live when in the end we are going to be nothing but ashes? One day we are gonna either burn or sleep in the graveyard forever. We all have to leave this mighty earth with nothing in hand, then, are all these hardships worth suffering for till we are alive?
The meaning of life is so mysterious. I think about this all the time. The mentioned questions circulate in my mind every time. We born, we live, we dream, we work hard, we struggle but in the end we all die even if we are the richest or poorest, happy or sad, powerful or weak. We cannot breach this natural law.
So, why do we actually have to do all these? I think the answer is already mentioned in the question ‘because in the end, we have to die’.
Maybe because DEATH is inevitable. Maybe the God up above have whispered in our ear before sending us here, “You shall live this uncertain period of your time with your choices and decisions. I’ve set you free. But, everything you want; you have to earn it. Nothing comes for free down there. Think that you are about to take part in a race. Think that it’s a competition. See, how other people are living a great life. You have to fight and work hard to live a prestigious life. But, always keep this in mind that the period of your life is uncertain. Be quick and swift with your desires and aspirations.”
Maybe this is the ultimate reason for which we struggle hard to live better till we are alive. Maybe because we know we are going to die someday, we try to make each and every day of our life worthy enough to count as a good day, for the thing that really matters is ‘how do we live’. It’s actually the fear of death which awakens us and forces us to work hard. It’s the same thing which makes us set the goals and chase them till we live.
“Life is like a fun park. We get tickets to enter the park as like we get birth from our parents. We can do whatever we want inside the park but they don’t come free of cost as like in our life. And, one thing is sure, the ticket has an expiry time as our life. So, for all the time we spend in the park, we get overwhelmed with the fear of the ticket’s expiry time that we never stop rushing here and there to explore as many things as possible even if we have to face any hassles for that. Similarly, the fear of the inevitable expiry of our life engages us to work hard and struggle so that we can explore and taste as many things of this world as possible.”
If we were to be immortal, then maybe we wouldn’t have to care about the way we live because we would have ‘forever’ time (unlimited tomorrow’s) to make it better. But, we are lucky to be mortal because of which we never compromise with the quality of the life we live. It’s the nature of human beings that if the end is nearer or inescapable, we become ready to fight for making the journey meaningful but if the end is nowhere, then there’s no any excitation or enthusiasm. We miss the driving factor to move.
Hence, Death being inevitable is indeed imperative. It is the one thing that force us to breathe lively.