- Seeking The Divine : Journey of The Soul
Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?
The meaning of life is a philosophical question concerning the significance of life or existence in general. It can also be expressed in different forms, such as “Why are we here?”, “What is life all about?”, and “What is the purpose of existence?” It has been the subject of much philosophical, scientific, and theological speculation throughout history. There have been a large number of proposed answers to these questions from many different cultural and ideological backgrounds. The meaning of life is in the philosophical and religious conceptions of existence, social ties, consciousness, and happiness, and borders on many other issues, such as symbolic meaning, ontology, value, purpose, ethics, good and evil, free will, the existence of one or multiple Gods, conceptions of God, the soul, and the afterlife. Scientific contributions focus primarily on describing related empirical facts about the universe, exploring the context and parameters concerning the ‘how’ of life. Science also studies and can provide recommendations for the pursuit of well-being and a related conception of morality. An alternative, humanistic approach poses the question “What is the meaning of my life?” The value of the question pertaining to the purpose of life may coincide with the achievement of ultimate reality, or a feeling of oneness, or even a feeling of sacredness.
Questions Questions about the meaning of life have been expressed in a broad variety of ways, including the following: • What is the meaning of life? What’s it all about? Who are we?
• Why are we here? What are we here for? • • What is the origin of life? • What is the nature of life? What is the nature of reality? • What is the purpose of life? What is the purpose of one’s life? • What is the significance of life? – see also Psychological significance and value in life • • What is meaningful and valuable in life? • What is the value of life? • What is the reason to live? What are we living for? These questions have resulted in a wide range of competing answers and arguments, from scientific theories, to philosophical, theological, and spiritual explanations.
Meaning of life 1
Enlightenment (spiritual) 45
Merkabah mysticism 93
Chassidei Ashkenaz 103
Book of Ezekiel 108
Maaseh Merkabah 112
Hekhalot literature 113
Christian Kabbalah 145
Holy Spirit (Christianity) 150
Isra and Mi’raj 223
Lote tree 232
Sidrat al-Muntaha 233
Fana (Sufism) 241
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