Seeking The Divine

  • Seeking The Divine : Journey of The Soul
Meaning of life
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.

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Meaning of life 1

Theosophy 26

Esotericism 33

Gnosis 39

Enlightenment (spiritual) 45

Gnosticism 57

Theurgy 84

Henosis 88

Merkabah mysticism 93

Chassidei Ashkenaz 103

Book of Ezekiel 108

Maaseh Merkabah 112

Hekhalot literature 113

Kabbalah 114

Christian Kabbalah 145

Holy Spirit (Christianity) 150

Qalb 160

Ruh 160

Nafs 161

Sufism 164

Irfan 191

Mysticism 194

Theophany 216

Isra and Mi’raj 223

Lote tree 232

Sidrat al-Muntaha 233

Maqaam 234

Muraqaba 237

Fana (Sufism) 241

Baqaa 242

Manzil 243

Ihsan 244

Murid 245

Murshid 246

Uwaisi 247

Tariqa 249

Haqiqa 252

Marifa 254

References Article Sources and Contributors 256

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Article Licenses License 266