To attain enlightenment (aka finding the meaning of your life), the vedas define a few paths, any of which will lead you to the Realization.
- Raja yoga - It’s the path of self-discipline and practice. You practice non-violence, truthfulness, no stuff-desiring, stoicism etc. And then do asanas, breathing exercises, read spiritual books, focus, meditate and then die one day (samadhi). People who realize life’s short
- Jnana yoga - It’s the path of knowledge. It’s where you ask a lot of questions to understand things you don’t understand. Ramana maharishi asked “Who the hell am I?”, and then boom! He was enlightened. It’s how scientists find meaning in their lives. They ask questions about the nature of reality and find its secrets. This yogi is hungry for knowledge and who wants to know how things work and he’s always curious. They look for problems and find solutions.
- Bhakti yoga - It’s the path of spiritual practices and focus on loving devotion to a personal God. It’s when you stop looking around the wonderful world that God has created for you and a wonderful life that’s been given to you, and instead focus all your time and energy on just thanking and praising the God that created you. It’s like when you make a baby and all it does throughout its entire life is “Oh my god, thank you mom & dad for bringing me into this existence. You are mighty and powerful”. It’s when a messenger comes to you with an important life saving message, and instead of listening to the message, you just spend all your time thanking and praying to him and saying how wonderful he is.
And then, there’s this karma yoga which is the path of unselfish action. It says you should do your duties, without being attached to the fruits or personal consequences. Just give, give, give, and don’t expect anything in return. It’s the selfless action performed for the benefit of others.
I have a beef with Karma yoga. It can go to hell.
Khalil Ghibran said this about Children. There’s a karmic angle to it:
Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
Screw you mister. My babies are mine.
I’ll spend so much big portion of life just to keep them alive and well-fed. And beyond that, I’ll do everything to raise them as best as I could in whatever things I deem necessary. But you say they can