The Wonder of Life

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Generations before us have wondered at the enormity of the Universe and our role in the whole creative process. The more we unravel the puzzles of Creation, the more are the mysteries yet to uncover - wheels within endless wheels!

The Unknown

Few think the sun rises and sets because of them. We are advancing by leaps and bounds in terms of technology and inch by inch we feel we are unraveling the mysteries of life and creation. But how much do we know about why we are born, and also before and after making our presence here? We were not humans before birth, so we have no inkling whether we existed at all. Still we hope to have an afterlife and believe on the lines of our human experiences here. How far it is based on facts and not guided by our beliefs? Will we exist at all or just become oblivion after our fleeting moments on this planet merely wondering at the stars and the enormity of universe? What for this creation – is it to make us reflect on our insignificance? We keep wondering from birth to death but our ego or a general awareness tells us we have a higher role and our lives here will matter. If it is proved otherwise our lifestyle could take a different turn. We then know we are truly finished when done here! But we would like to linger on somewhere, preferably here itself!

Endless Possibilities

Is there another evolutionary process in the offing to displace us? Will there be an alien invasion to end our sojourn on this planet? These are unthinkable for us now, but anything is possible – the creative process is unforgiving. It is survival of the fittest. Will we become second class and get subjugated? That can be one hit between our eyes making our existence meaningless unless we are guided by a superior force willing to take us to a higher echelon which might not be possible all by ourselves. The ball of creation has been set rolling by the Big Bang and is relentless in its march. We have to go with the overall flow and resisting the change is pointless and fruitless. Our going around in vicious circles could invite a natural intervention!

Body and Soul/Spirit

We appear with a nice outer covering that we cover too as we feel uncomfortable by itself! We tend to hide our innermost feelings and easily taken in by appearance and what we say. But we are same in terms of feelings, health and longevity. Any two of opposite sex can produce an offspring. And we are nicely balanced in terms numbers of each gender. There is an unseen hand to guide us, even to make course corrections to rectify our excesses, but with danger signals thrown in like the polar vortex assailing North America. In terms of belief too we can relate to what others live by and where they come from. Many believe in a soul or spirit though they are interchangeable for most. We have similar feelings in terms of fulfillment and disappointment and universally we value life. We know we should keep body and soul together and it is not for us to call it a day.

Lifestyle Trends

Life could remain a puzzle for us for a long time to come or forever. The more we know the more we have to learn – unlearn the past lessons too and we soon get lost in the maze! The lifestyle trends are changing as it must, but the fundamentals remain the same. One cannot find meaning in isolation. We find comfort within society. But we have our own comfort zones, like-minded people, to give us refuge and company. Behind our pursuits is the urge to unravel the puzzle that inspired our forefathers too of the mystery of life and our role in it. We are having information at the press of a button but that means information overload but the center of our inquiry remains elusive – we keep wondering why we are here and at whose behest!

Retaining Values and Meaning

Many have convincing arguments and reasoning for our existence that soothes our soul but they remain that. We are nowhere near to understanding life and why we are all alone; the incomprehensible vastness of the universe and our existence in a tiny spot and time frame. Where are our loved ones who have passed on – are they looking after us and influencing our thinking and actions? Are they guiding our journey and waiting to meet us again in another form? Are we finding more meaning in our lives with each generation? Or are we just nearing doomsday of our creation as technological progress cuts both ways? Are we becoming robotic in our lifestyles and outlook and down few generations we are no more human?

Are we having control of our destiny? We have more capabilities than other species but do we need an outside help to survive? Will we ever realize our common dream of finding the real meaning of our existence? Will we unravel the wonder of life, ever? Let us dream on even as we progress in terms of glitzy gadgets and add more comforts for our physical wellness. Maybe we have to rely on ancient wisdom when modern technology draws blank and hits a brick wall. I take a view the more we find answers to our questions the more the newer puzzles will stare at us. The truth will stay ahead of us and we will never really comprehend life when it is said even our existence is just a dream! As we go ahead we will have more ability to understand the intricacies of the science of creation and balance them with our beliefs.

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Afterlife, Alien Invasion, Beliefs, Body, Creation, Destiny, Displaced, Doomsday, Life, Life Journey, Lifestyle, Lifestyle Changes, Meaning Of Life, Mystery Of Life, Oblivion, Soul, Spirit, Subjugation, Values

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Mark for the moderation and awarding star merit - siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
25th Jan 2014 (#)

I am a curious being. Maybe you could even say I am a human being (as in: a human BEing, DOing EXISTing, THINKing, FEELing).
At the same time though, I feel like if I ever understood it all, it would be like seeing how a magician performs his tricks. I may want to understand the polar vortex to keep my family safe from the cold. But I also want to just look out my window at new fallen snow and just marvel at it. As a child I was very interested in earth and space. Now I marvel at the sky at sunset, and it is enough. I know you understand this -- you are a human BEing, too. Great piece.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Phyl for your share. We have to keep wondering at the magical creation and thirst to understand what our real role is. But we can add value in the best way we think we can and that includes staring at the whole process in wonder! siva

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author avatar Retired
25th Jan 2014 (#)

Food for thought, Siva. It is easy to question why we exist. It harder to find a logical answer. Science provides some of the technical answers and, for many people, religion fills in the blanks and pacifies the soul. I believe in God but have no time for religion. And I believe in God simply because science has shown how the universe was born, even though not the reason. Thus, science has unwittingly proved there is a God and Creation wasn't an accident. It seems inconceivable to me that our physical death is the end. I can't say I have proof of that, but many personal experiences make it quite clear to me that our physical life is only a stage. As to the question of whether there are other life forms in the huge vastness of the cosmos, I think the answer is yes. Once again, personal experience convinces me that we are not alone.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Mike for sharing your belief and experiences. I have similar views as logically there should be life everywhere though we may not be aware of their existence. We think from human perception that is limited anyway. The first sentence of my article was intentional! I also believe our true self is not revealed though we may have some glimpses of it - for the few enlightened and in our dreams when our subconscious mind guides us. We should wake up later to who we really are and whether we did justice when we leave this human life. There should be some purpose for our life here and why we are born to our parents. I also wonder if our parents had married others, would we be born? The more we think the more are the puzzles to solve though few have convincing answers to those who are willing to believe them! Also, there should be a reason for multiple beliefs. I take a simple view with regard to beliefs - never waste much time on rituals and respect others irrespective of their beliefs and try to understand them as they form part of the creative process too - siva

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
25th Jan 2014 (#)

Beautiful.
We need to all take time everyday to appreciate our lives and to give something back to the world from which we have come.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Mark. We need to be aware we owe our every moment to this world and should give more than we take in every way possible. Such attitude makes us feel part of the whole creative process. Unfortunately, some try to corner the resources beyond their needs due to greed, and that spoils the whole show! siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
25th Jan 2014 (#)

Beautifully presented article Siva. Yes, life gives rise to many unanswerable questions. I believe life is eternal and there is really no such thing as absolute and final death, for we exist for all eternity in one form or another.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Steve, appreciate your input. We take it sun sets at night but it does not! Likewise, we enter another door where those we deserve are waiting to receive us. We may not even be aware that we have taken another avatar. We are sparks from creation and as soul is never born, it has no death - eternal. We do our bidding according to our awareness - siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
25th Jan 2014 (#)

You raise some good questions which I don't think anyone can really answer, Siva. There are a lot of unknowns. I agree with what Mark said. Well done as usual, Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Connie. It is always nice to think aloud and share our thoughts. I get a feeling who we meet and what we think are the consequences of our actions and the endless variety of creation keeps us on our toes - never a dull moment! siva

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
25th Jan 2014 (#)

Good morning, Siva, echoing Mark, we are here now and appreciating this gift of life for me means respectfully existing with others. I do not believe this is it, without a definitive answer for what lies beyond. I think of my existence in the womb and I was then "born". Therefore, I lived another life before this one. Science can measure our reduction in weight when we die in this body, yet cannot say where that soul, life force, or whatever we choose to call it goes - back to the source or is it made available to another vessel. I obviously do not have those answers. As usual, you have offered interesting information, opinion and questions to reflect upon, knowing I do not have answers, only interest. Thank you for always writing in a way that makes me reflect. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Marilyn. I touched on a topic that has fascinated us from time immemorial and for which we may never have the correct answer. It is even said there were visits from extraterrestrials to guide us along in the distant past. Even some eminent scientists agree this is possible.

Everything cannot be an accident. To make the whole universe function for billions of years requires some power; we cannot even imagine the enormity of the whole process. We have living among us microcosms that we are not even aware of and everything plays its role! So being at the apex of creation, we have a higher responsibility to become co-creators in our own way. I am gratified to receive positive inputs from our friends here - siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
25th Jan 2014 (#)

Powerful article, timeless question that are answered only within each individual...I do believe the "material" of our soul is made from the same "cloth" as our minds...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Delicia. When we have perfect synchronization within our body, mind and soul we enjoy bliss. We should all the time be aware we are part of a whole and should do our part and what it is is prompted from within - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
25th Jan 2014 (#)

much wonderful information here siva..many many thanks...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Carolina for your support - siva

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author avatar Michelle Stanley
26th Jan 2014 (#)

We should always make the most of what life has to offer and live it well until the end. Happy New Year Siva. I'm making time to stop by as I won't be back for awhile.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks for stopping by Michelle. Happy New Year and hope to read your posts soon - siva

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author avatar Ron Flowers
26th Jan 2014 (#)

You leave the reader with a lot to think about. Perhaps life is a preparation for what is to follow.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Jan 2014 (#)

I too believe we have a higher calling as we go through a roller coaster ride here and coexist with such variety. Thank you, Ron - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
26th Jan 2014 (#)

I have no doubt where I shall be when I leave this earthly body behind dear Siva. I shall be in Heaven with my Saviour , who gave His all so All who believe in Him can be reconciled with our loving Heavenly Father ....
This is a free gift for all who will ,by faith, receive.
God bless you dear friend .
Stella ><

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you dear Stella for sharing your belief and faith. I know many who have such steadfast faith though I keep an open mind as all beliefs and wisdom are inspired by the one and only Creator - siva

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author avatar Helen Thomas
27th Jan 2014 (#)

I like what you said Siva: 'The more we know the more we have to learn'. Religion aside, I do believe that the answers to all the questions are contained in the sixty-six books of the bible. Obviously ~ no one person has all the answers.

I fully agree with Stella ~ in that ~ I am fully persuaded ~ without even a shadow of doubt ~ that when I leave this earthly body, I will go to spend eternity with my Heavenly Father and my Lord and Savior ~ Jesus Christ.

Thanks for the article and richest blessings to you ~ Siva.
Helen

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Helen for your unwavering faith and sharing that with us. I try to understand all beliefs to know who and what we are from all angles. I have lived within many faiths and realized we are same. Mandela knew after spending decades under inhuman conditions that the system was at fault, not the persons following it. The Creator sends every soul in pristine condition! It is for us to find unity in diversity as all thoughts and actions are inspired by the spark of Creation - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
27th Jan 2014 (#)

I really pray dear Siva , that the Lord Jesus reveals to you how much He loves you dear , precious man , and the price He paid to redeem your soul for all eternity .
God bless you always
Stella ><

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks dear Stella - what an endearing way to show your affection for this humble soul trying to figure out my way around the maze of life and understand it from all angles. I sincerely appreciate your concern and that shows humanity has no borders - siva

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author avatar Carol
27th Jan 2014 (#)

This is a beautiful and inspiring piece of work Siva.. I have my beliefs, but like you I wonder if thew afterlife is how we are told , either heaven or hell according to how we have led lour life.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Carol. My guidance is always from within and when in doubt - do unto others as you would have them do unto you. As I always say, few sow discord and all suffer due to them - siva

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author avatar Carol
28th Jan 2014 (#)

I always try to treat others in a way that I would like them to treat me, but there are some who have so much self loathing, I do pray for them, they hit out at others for no reason.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Carol. Such people are, unfortunately, everywhere and make it their lifestyle. Rather than trying to come out of a vicious circle they try to drag others into the quagmire! But we have to pause, ponder, and move on - siva

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author avatar Mariah
29th Jan 2014 (#)

Fascinating subject Siva, many of the points you raise here are so thought provoking, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article...
immaculately presented as always.Thank you

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Jan 2014 (#)

So happy to read your comments, Mariah. I was thinking aloud as we keep wondering at creation and our role in it; also, where we were and where we go. Life is like a ride in an elevator/lift where people enter and leave all the time. We have to give way for others to get in! We have beliefs, or even lack of it, but the puzzle remains unsolved as no one who has left us want to help us out! But I do get a feeling that my well wishers up there help me out in the way I think and who I meet.

I like to probe from all angles but then I don't forget what is said - it is better to keep my mouth shut and let others take me for a fool than open it and remove all doubt! siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
30th Jan 2014 (#)

Personally, at times I feel fearful when I start thinking:
"Who am I?"
"Why am I here on earth?"
"What is there I have come to do here?"

Frankly, it is difficult to find answers. Yet I just think that we come here to be good fellows, and also survive in the race for survival. Then, there are times, when mundane day to day things cloud these deeper questions.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Ptrikha. Having experienced a lot in life including few "end of the world" situations, I can vouch that a life lived for others brings bliss - never miss an opportunity to help others in need. Also "near death experiences" make us value every moment of the day. Live on with such ideals, then nothing can faze us and when the time comes we meet others waiting for us at the "other shore" - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
3rd Mar 2014 (#)

Very much true !

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you again Ptrikha, wish you well - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
30th Jan 2014 (#)

Dear Siva , forgive me for filling up your page , but I feel compelled to add a Scripture from the Bible in John Ch 14 verse 6 in which Jesus says ...' I am the Way , the Truth and the Life , no-one comes to the Father but through Me ' ...
That is quite a statement for someone to make , and I for one am happy to say that by faith I believe it .
If what Jesus said is not true , we have lost nothing , but if what He says is true , we will have lost everything ....
Dare we take the risk ? Eternity is for every dear friend , and I know that thanks to my dear Saviour , I shall be spending it in a wonderful place .
I pray I will see you there also .
God bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks again Stella, your comments are always welcome. They make me think and add to my knowledge. I do respect your belief but I like to also understand others too as the inspiration comes from the same source, the source of creation - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
30th Jan 2014 (#)

ps ...I meant to say ...we will have lost everything , if we don't receive His free gift of salvation ..
Many blessing dear friend
Stella ><

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks for the clarification, Stella, appreciated - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
2nd Feb 2014 (#)

Yes, it is all a great mystery. Most of us hope that there is more than this short life here but there is little that we can prove to another. I believe that we are spiritual beings and that we lived before this life and will continue to live when this body is gone. We are not our bodies. I am not religious, in fact I feel that religion can be very harmful, though probably not to everyone. As a friend once told me "I'm looking forward to the next exciting adventure",

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Kingwell for sharing your thoughts. I like to understand all beliefs as they are also inspired by our Creator. Something tells us we are not finished here, but we are kept on tenterhooks. For me, do my best in every way as part of the creative process having been given a tenure here; try to be a co-creator and certainly not a destroyer.

I also believe those who left us will influence us in many ways, in our thinking and who we meet, provided we prove worthy of their influence - siva

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
3rd Feb 2014 (#)

A thought provoking article as usual. It's good to see you batting at wikinut.
Keep going.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you dear GVR for your renewed support. I was so happy to see your post and just offered my encouragement - siva

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author avatar Subra
15th Feb 2014 (#)

Dear Siva
The wonder and mystery of life as well as death is so profound that, despite all the religious doctrine, mythology, scientific research, and the many theories and explanations that exist on the subject, people today are more confused than ever about it. Clearly, the only way to decipher this profound mystery is to find an authoritative source of truth that will expose all error and remove the need for speculation. Are we fortunate enough to have such an authority? The problem is that we will never know the truth of the wonder and mystery of life. Instead of trying to figure it out, it's best to remain positive and let nature take its course, because whatever we think about life is but a figment of our imagination.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Feb 2014 (#)

I too agree with you dear Subra as none has seen God and He may not appear now in a cynical world by the day! People may hold Him responsible for our own misdeeds and not taking the initiative to set our house in order! Also, those who left us do not help us to resolve the mystery of creation! Again, when we worry about what is in store later, do we have a clue where we were before? So our fertile imagination has to soothe us!

I too have a take that our good deeds will help us along to wherever, whatever, in future as that is what we can possibly do. We may not be of much help, but at least let us not cause damage! What the latter is we know if we have a conscience! siva

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author avatar JayeByrd
21st Jul 2014 (#)

Sometimes I think we ask too much; other times I think if we didn't have the intelligence, we wouldn't know to ask at all.
There is a Bible quote I think all of us can appreciate. "He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." It is Micah 6:8.
While I believe in the Biblical God, and pray everyone will come to believe Jesus is His son and the Way, the Truth, and the Life, I know the world isn't there yet. At this time, in this world people believe in many things.
Other people have other gods. I believe the quote from Micah covers a multitude of people. I pray their god will eventually become their God.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you JayeByrd for your input. Life will always remain a mystery but we have our beliefs to give us solace and comfort. I follow - do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This is the best guide when in doubt. I do hope we do not tinker with the basics as we may not have the wisdom to undo the damage. I keep an open mind and ponder about all beliefs as they all have some basis. But I cannot understand why we have to be so cruel with each other over issues that should not concern the 99% who are used as pawns by the selfish - siva

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