This scalar electromagnetic energy is also called "prana" or "Chi" and is the source of life. The minute the prana goes from the body- we are just a piece of flesh, ready to disintegrate. And the prana then takes another body and we live our lives with all our insecurities, fears, small pleasures, attachments and passion, till the next cycle. We go through our lives with so much interest, seriousness and attachment - while knowing fully well that it has no permanence or even any serious value.
Is there a purpose in life? Why are we so serious? Why do we grieve at death? Why do we celebrate birth? Why do small problems imbalance us, why do we get angry, why do we feel sad, why do we feel happy at small pleasures, what is the meaning of spiritual, mental, physical attempts, why, why, why?????? Are we like the roadside dogs who chase the cars worthlessly and get tired? And when the next car comes, we run along with it till we get tired and so on.
Sometimes I know the answers and sometimes these questions deluge me. Let me confess that while I have some clue to the meaning of existence and how to live it - many-a-times I question myself about the veracity of my answers. There are people who are self-assured and go through life confident and sure - I am not one of them. My introspection and reflections - some of which I share here, many-a-times lead me to disattachment (vairagya) and I sit alone and weep with the feeling of being lost in the maze of questions. Most of the times, I have been fortunate to find answers to my specific questions during the next meditational trance. Anyway, let me get off that mood.
So, what is the purpose of life? Let me give a simplistic, cheeky and playful description:
"I think we are players inside an extraordinary and complex self-sustaining and self-operating computer game, with terrific graphics all in 3D or holographs. There are set rules and principles for the players eg. law of gravity, thermodynamic laws etc. The five elements that make everything is represented in the layout with the sun, solar system, seas, wind, earth etc. This set with the holographic graphics and rules can be called illusion or "Maya".
Every player has some characteristics - physical (annamaya kosha), bio energy (pranamaya), attitude and behavior (manomaya) knowledge (vijnanamaya) and spiritual (anandamaya kosha). While plants have limited locomotive After the player leaves his form (body), he can take another form (after a period of time ) with the same characteristics that he left in the earlier avatar. Like in a sophisticated and complex computer game, there are multiple options and each related to the movement of the various components - the maya parts and the other players.
What is stage 8? What are the other stages?
In hindu worldview, we are in a frequency world called (8) Bhur- loka. There are higher frequency worlds and lower ones. The higher ones are called (9) Bhuvar - loka (10) Svar - loka (11) Mahar loka (12) Jana Loka (13) Tapa loka and the highest (14) Satya loka. The lower worlds are (7) Atala loka, (6) Vitala loka (5) Sutala loka (4) Talatala loka (3) Mahatala loka (2) Rasatala loka with the lowest one being (1) Patala loka.