That Higher Purpose

Words: Dr Rajgopal NIDAMBOOR

Our success and fulfilment depend upon how we respond to challenges of everyday life. The duo is in no way related, or reliant, on privileges, advantages, or disadvantages, that we are all born with, or are not able to surmount as we’d all want, or wish to. Whatever our station in life, we should all bear in mind the responsibility and capacity that we are endowed with in order to accomplish our highest, or desired, goals. The good, old adage, ‘take heart, will achieve,’ holds the key to our outcomes, albeit no one can predict, or force, where our path would lead us to. All the same, taking small, constructive steps, notwithstanding the hurdles, is one reliable mode to beating the odds.

It, of course, makes sense to know what our path is, what guides us to reaching our goals, or what does it take to be successful. Most often, knowing the path, whatever the final outcome, is good enough. It makes sure that you do not lose your way. This is because the path to fulfilment is just beneath your feet. Agreed, that, this is not as easy as it sounds, because the road to completion, or accomplishment, is full of thorns, twists, or turns. In other words, it is full of obstacles. Yet, when you are the ‘warrior in your own right,’ you will be able to surmount adversities and emerge with the capacity to complete the voyage.

We should all remember that the higher we climb, the better the view there is to witness and achieve. Knowledge is power-personified, yes, but it always helps to work doggedly towards self-improvement. This is what that enables us to transcend over our conventional wisdom and go beyond the commonplace. Philosophers call it the true light, insight, or reality — it is this doctrine that provides us with the clues, methods, similes, and paths towards awareness and to making breakthroughs.

Whatever our success, failures, ups and downs, there is no denying the fact that we all experience attachment, happiness, anxiety, delight and disappointment in a world that is always in a state of flux. Life, therefore, calls for a sincere and unprejudiced pursuit to comprehend the elevated, or uplifting truth. One good way to achieving this condition is by imagining the experience of standing on a peak and capturing the picturesque panorama below through your mind’s eye. This will provide you with the larger picture. It will also help you to climb the next level — thereafter, a few notches, and more, over time.

When we earnestly endeavour to seek the transcendent, we do not detach from the conventional world. We actually embrace it fully and wholeheartedly, releasing our conflicts, affection and expectations. We also develop an attached sense of detachment and a detached sense of attachment — a sense of balance — while experiencing such optimistic wisdom. We begin to take ourselves and also life less seriously, but pragmatically. Embracing the transcendent leads to a better quality of life; it restores our humour and refreshes our spirits, while awakening our spiritual purpose from deep within. Put simply, it helps us to connect to a better world within us — not just outside of us.

Once this happens, we are freed from our shackles. We begin to live in the eternal present, or present-moment reality, as it is. This is because no matter what life brings — happiness or disappointment, trouble or enchantment — in the midst of change, worries, tasks, and responsibilities, we are all equipped to appreciate and savour our ‘surfacing’ moment, while achieving our dreams and fulfilling a higher purpose in life.

Dr RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR, PhD, is a wellness physician-writer-editor, independent researcher, critic, columnist, author and publisher. His published work includes hundreds of newspaper, magazine, web articles, essays, meditations, columns, and critiques on a host of subjects, eight books on natural health, two coffee table tomes and an encyclopaedic treatise on Indian philosophy. He is Chief Wellness Officer, Docco360 — a mobile health application/platform connecting patients with Ayurveda, homeopathic and Unani physicians, and nutrition therapists, among others, from the comfort of their home — and, Editor-in-Chief, ThinkWellness360.

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