The Mysteries of Life

As a young person, I had philosophical thoughts . Now that I am older (55) and having just learned of my daughter's suicide, I again turn to philosophy to try to understand the meaning of life. I know we cannot prove nor confirm the answers, but it is comforting to ponder nevertheless .

I find myself wishing to explore those unanswered questions:

What exactly is God?

Are our lives pre-ordained, is Pre-Destiny a fact? (The question relates especially to the major events of our lives - the tragedy and the benefits)

The major relationships in our lives - are they souls we've been assigned to and not just random occurrences? (That brings forth another debate - the existence of Guardian Angels, which I myself am a strong believer in)

One only needs to leave our towns and cities, go out to the country and on a cloudless night, look at the stars above. Doing so should make you ponder at least - it seems to be to make one ask questions concerning life, God and the universe.

What is possessing me to undertake this philosophical project so late in life? Is it itself destiny, guidance from persons or things unknown and not understood, or is it just my own act from being bored, having retired at too early an age?

In the days and weeks ahead, perhaps months and years (who knows), I shall explore these mysteries of life. Will I get closer to the truth - perhaps? Will I know it - probably not?

This is just the preamble to future postings. If you are like minded, your thoughts and inputs would be most welcome.

Thanks for reading all of this and I look forward to your comments and/or participation

Sakamato in Quest Mode
sakamato sakamato
51-55, M
7 Responses Mar 3, 2007

Read some Nietzche. I would recommend Thus Spoke Zarathustra. True happiness comes from having knowledge of one's self, not seeking answers (which will not be answered in your life anyway) from some mystical, absent parent figure.

I think most people spend their lives like ball bearings in a pinball machine, being knocked around mindlessly by their circumstances. Only a small percentage ever stop to think deeply and consider the questions you have considered. Of those few who do, it seems most of us lean toward the same type questions. I guess I have been this way since childhood. I am 50 now, and I can't say I have any great insights for others. I continue to explore and find what works for me personally moment to moment. I find it very lonely actually. I came here looking for others who might enjoy discussions on what they have read or experienced that influenced their perceptions on the great questions. I live in a very isolated situation (primarily due to current poverty), but I am not in a cave or anything. haha! Only there is no one around who has an interest in reading or studying philosophy, spirituality, myth, religions, etc. Or in meditation or recording of dreams. I have been reading some fascinating free e-books and also listening to wonderful audio books lately. I would like to exchange this kind of information with others who are interested or seeking. Either via email, or where space and time allow, to talk over coffee. I hope to meet some interesting people here. <br />
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ps: Also, I often write a sort of stream of consciousness journal for myself. It really excites me when I come across a work at a later date where the author seems to have been exactly inside my head! I would have loved to meet some of those people who wrote the wonderful works from the long past.

You read all men written philosophy, Now read Quran and you sure going to meet the truth.

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Last time I checked, all religious books were physically written by men. Was Muhammad not a man? Can you prove that he was not suffering from a mental disorder and hearing "God"'s voice in his head? Have you even considered the fact that your beliefs might be false... and what if they are? I don't condemn your blind faith, I merely cannot understand it.

why you just targeted Mohammad peace be upon him, ? you should be ashamed using filthy words and insulting a great prophet , I f you can not understand things its ok, but at least you can be polite and respect for a great prophet and religion, world second religion after Christianity.
Is not its fact in white house Mohammad pbuh name is in top in the list of words best lawyers?( he was not lawyers he said God words which do not belong to him)
Its so pity how happily you attach on our prophet?
Ever you came to know any Muslim attacking on Jesus crist pbuh ?
we respect all no discrimination but what kind of human you are, can not respect others faith? even attacking there most top respectable man?
you are talking off the talking an attack for nothing.
Soon when yo die you will know all, but it will be too late for you.
if you can not understand things keep quite and shut yours mouth,
Why the hell you attaching,
You says you do not condemn but you do not understand, if so was not it possible to behave like a gentlman or as a human not like a beast.
If you come this social page first learn to respect for others,
You are very ignorant person on this page ever i met,
many nice people here and know how to behave there human friends.
human race facing many pain so pls change yours bad attitude toward to only islam,
the more you try to press it more it flourishing in world, every year in only usa 20 thousand people are converting to islam, mostly after 9 ,11.

Bible and Quran both says you can not make believe deaf, but for you all these holy books are men words

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Those who are in search of truth, having open minds and hearts will recognize this as a message in truth and sincerity. Open your heart and your mind now and ask the Almighty God of the Universe [Allah] to guide you now to His True Way. And then be ready to accept your true purpose in life.<br />
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PURPOSE OF LIFE<br />
What Does Islam Say About Life's Purpose?<br />
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People everywhere are asking the questions; "What is the purpose of life?" and "Why are we here?" You might be amazed to learn, that Islam is providing clear and concise answers for these questions.<br />
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Most of those who reflect or think about life in any detail will consider and ponder these questions. There are as many different answers to these questions as there are people asking the questions. Some would hold that the purpose of life was to acquire wealth. Yet suppose they were to acquire millions of dollars, what then would they claim is their purpose after doing so?<br />
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If the purpose of life is to become wealthy, there would be no purpose after becoming wealthy. <br />
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The fact is that when people approach their purpose here in this life from the aspect of only gaining wealth, after collecting the money they have dreamed of their lives loose purpose and then they live in restless tension suffering from a feeling of worthlessness.<br />
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How could wealth then be considered as the aim of life?<br />
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Could the acquisition of wealth guarantee happiness? Of course not.<br />
When we hear of millionaires or members of their families committing suicide, how could we consider the purpose of life would be to gain great wealth?<br />
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A child of 5 years would obviously prefer a new toy to a deposit slip for a million dollars.<br />
A teenager does not consider millions of dollars in the bank a substitute for movies, videos, pizza and hanging out with his friends. <br />
A person in their 80s or 90s would never consider holding on to their wealth in place of spending it to hold on to or regain their health.<br />
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This proves that money is not the main purpose at all the stages of one's life.<br />
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Wealth can do little or nothing to bring happiness to one who is a disbeliever in Almighty God, because regardless of what he or she would gain in this life they would always live in fear of what will happen to them in the end. They would wonder what would become of them and how they would end up.<br />
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Wealth and its accumulation as a purpose would be doomed to a temporary success at best and in the end it would only spell out self destruction.<br />
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So, what is the use of wealth to a person without belief? He would always fear his end and would always be skeptical of everything. He may gain a great material wealth but he would only lose himself in the end.<br />
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Worship of the One True Almighty God of the Universe [Allah in Arabic] as a primary goal or aim in life provides a believer with everything he needs to succeed in both this life and the Next Life.<br />
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The word for total surrender, submission, obedience, purity of heart and peace in the Arabic language is "Islam". Those who try to perform these actions are called "MU-slims" [Islam-ERs]. <br />
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To a Muslim the whole purpose of life is "ibadah" or worship to the One True Almighty God on Terms and under His Conditions.<br />
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The term "worship" to a Muslim includes any and all acts of obedience to Almighty Allah.<br />
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So his purpose of life is a standing purpose; Worshipping Allah by accepting Allah's Will over his own.<br />
This act of ibadah [worshipping, thanking and extolling the Greatness Almighty Allah on His Terms and Conditions] is for the Muslim, throughout his whole life regardless of the stage. Whether he is a child, adolescent, adult or aged person, he is seeking after the Will of the Almighty in all these stages.<br />
His life here on earth although short, is full of purpose and is totally meaningful within the complete fr<x>amework of total submission [Islam].<br />
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Similarly, in the Next Life as well, his faith, intentions, attitudes and good deeds will all be weighed into his account as favorable putting him in high esteem with his Creator and Sustainer.<br />
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Because Islam teaches that this life is only a test or trial for the individual to show him his true nature it is only natural that he would accept death as not so much an ending to everything but more as a beginning of the final and lasting life in the Hereafter.<br />
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Before entering into either of the final lodging places i.e.; Heaven or Hell, there must needs be a Day of Judgment or showing of one's true self to make them aware of their own nature and thereby understand what they have sent on ahead during the life here on the earth.<br />
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Every person will be rewarded [or punished] according to their attitude, appreciation and efforts during this stay on earth. None will be asked about the actions and beliefs of others, nor will anyone be asked regarding that which he was unaware of or incapable of doing.<br />
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As the life here is considered as an examination for the individual, the death stage is considered as a resting period after the test. It could be easy for those who were faithful and dedicated or it could be grueling and horrible for the wicked.<br />
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Reward and punishment will be in direct proportion to each person and it is only Allah, alone who will be the Final Judge over us all.<br />
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So in the teachings of the True Surrender, Submission, Obedience, In Sincerity and Peace to the Almighty One God [Islam], the line of life and its purpose is logical, clear and simple:<br />
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The life in the grave is a resting or waiting place before the Day of Judgment <br />
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The Day of Judgment brings about the clear understanding of what will now happen to the individual ba<x>sed on his own desires and actions <br />
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The Permanent or Afterlife will either be spend in luxurious splendor or miserable punishment .<br />
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Following this clear understanding of life, the Muslim's purpose is clear.<br />
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First of all, he has no doubt in his mind that:<br />
he is only created by Allah <br />
he is going to spend a period of time in this material world [called "Ad Dunyah" in Arabic] <br />
he knows he will die <br />
he knows he will spend time in the grave, either pleasant or difficult depending on his own choice of attitude and actions <br />
he knows he will be resurrected for the Day of Judgment <br />
he knows he will be judged according to the most fair of standards by Allah the Almighty, the All <br />
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Knowing he realizes his attitude and actions are going to come under very close scrutiny <br />
he knows that this short life compared to the Eternal Life was in fact, only for a test<br />
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This life is very meaningful and purposeful to the Believing Muslim, as he realizes that it will determine is outcome and permanent position in the Next Life.<br />
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The Muslim's permanent purpose is to Surrender, Submit, Obey, in Purity and Peace to Allah the Almighty, carrying out His Orders and staying in some form of worship to Him as much as possible everyday.<br />
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This includes the orders of Allah in His Book, the Holy Quran and His final Messenger and Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him as follows:<br />
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Believing and declaring that "There is no god throughout all the Creation of Allah that is worthy of worship, all worship is due only to Allah, alone and He has no partners or helpers nor does He share His Lordship with any of His creations. And Muhammad, the son of Abdullah ibn Abdul Mutallib (1450 years ago) is the last and final messenger and servant of Almighty Allah, and is the culmination in a long line of prophets sent to mankind throughout man's history, including Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Solomon, Jesus Christ, may Almighty Allah's Peace and Blessings be upon them all." <br />
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Establishing the regular five times ritualistic prayer [salat] in the stated times (in the mosques for the men when possible) <br />
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Paying the charity tax [Zakat = about 2.5% of one's holdings - not his income, annually] <br />
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Fasting the month of Ramadhan [lunar calendar] <br />
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Pilgrimage to the House of Allah in Mecca at least once in the life of the person, provided he has the ability and the way is safe<br />
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For a disbeliever the purpose of this life is to collect and amass great wealth, money, power and position. Over indulging in eating, drinking, drugs, sex and gambling are a high priority to them. But all of this will not avail them anything good in the grave, on the Day of Judgment or in the Next Life. Eventually he will be faced with the question: <br />
Now what? <br />
What's Next? <br />
Where am I going? <br />
What will happen to me?<br />
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He will come to know. For sure he will come to know. But then what will the knowledge avail him?<br />
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Look how Islam solves the mystery of the puzzle of life. It provides the answers to the questions and concerns of the human beings on all levels and in every aspect. It is really quite simple. <br />
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The purpose of life as understood by the Believing Muslim can be simply stated in only two (2) words:<br />
Obey God.<br />
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Our only purpose and salvation lie in these two words. <br />
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We must come to know our Creator, Sustainer and Ultimate Judge. We must learn to believe in Him, thank Him, praise Him, honor Him and worship Him, alone without any partners from His Creation. We must learn about His Messengers and Prophets, peace be upon them, and the message with which they were all sent. We must learn the Word of God as was directly revealed, preserved and memorized and passed down by memory throughout all the generations of Muslims to the present day.<br />
God givena free will to man kind he is given two option choose good or bad, If he do bad its harmful for him and if do good deed it benefit him, God do not interfere in any thing ,Its our will, what we do.<br />
Punishment or reward in life here after,Its just a trial short period<br />
Any way many things are left to answer again destiny etc.

my condolences! God is God! pure energy! God is not human, does not think or plan or forgive! God's law is the law of nature! TO THIS WE ARE ALL SUBJECT EQUALLY!

I'm deeply sorry for your loss. Like many others I too have been impacted by tragedy. I lost both my parents, and one set of grandparents before I was 16. I have never liked the idea that I was pre destined to have to deal with those losses, and all that accompanied it, at such an early age. Having had more than a decade, to attempt, to come to terms with everything, I firmly believe in free will. Like the Theologian, and Philosopher Saint Augustine I believe God existed before the cosmos, will exist after it is gone, and that he exists outside of time. Time exists because the material cosmos that is in motion exists. Because of this God exists in one continuous present. That for God there is no past, and no future, he simply is. Because of this he knows the results of our choices once they are made, but they are still ours to make.<br />
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I also like looking at things from a teleological point of view. That God designed things to be the way they are, and because of that a great many things operate mechanistically. The cosmos, the earth, life forms that lack a self aware consciousness, and the material bodies of human beings. It is our self aware consciousness, God's gift to mankind, that grants us our free will. Because of this we have the ability to choose.

Sakamoto: I am truly sorry for your loss. Predestination or Free Will. I have always been a 'fan' of predestination. After all, if God knows all, he knows what is going to happen next. That is one of the many reasons he is God. Kind of like a Maestro of a band. God plays, we dance.

YOu got to the point,:-)