One day a man came to me and he said, “What is the purpose of life”?
And I said “There is no purpose. Life simply is.”
He was not satisfied. He said, “I have come from very far.” He had come from Nepal, and he said, “I am an old man, a retired professor. Don’t send me away empty-handed. I have come to ask only one thing: What is the purpose of life?”
And I said “If I can send you away empty-handed then your journey has been purposeful, because to be empty-handed is the goal.”
He said, “Don’t talk in puzzles. Just tell me, in clear-cut language, what is the purpose of life?”
Now he could not understand that he was asking an absurd question. Life cannot have any purpose, because if life has any purpose then something will become more valuable than life, and again the question will arise: What is the purpose of that? If we say: Life is to attain truth, then truth becomes the real purpose. But then what is the purpose of truth? If we say: Life is to seek God, then the question arises: “What is the purpose of God’? or of achieving God? or of realizing God?” In the end you have to drop the wordpurpose, finally you have to drop it.
Yes, value is not the name for it, purpose is not the name for it; and if you understand this insight, great light will arise in you. Life has no purpose and no value. Love has no purpose and no value. God has no purpose and no value. Truth has no purpose and no value. That means God, life, truth, love, are just four names for the same thing. They are not different, because there can be only one thing which has not any purpose - everything else has purpose because of it. It is the top-most, the very peak.
Just the other night, a woman said “It is very difficult for me to understand what you mean when you say ‘God’ because I don’t believe in God. I have never believed in God. I would like to understand, but the moment you use the word ‘God’ something goes wrong in my head - I become closed.”
I said to her “You do a simple thing: whenever I say ‘God’, read it as ‘life’ - that will do. Whenever I say ‘God’, hear it as ‘life’ - immediately translate it into ‘life’.” She was happy.
How we are fixed in words! If I say “God” it creates negativity in somebody, if I say “life” it will create negativity in somebody else. And I am only changing the name.and, “a rose is a rose is a rose” by whatsoever name it is called. You can call it “jasmine” - the rose remains the rose.