How To Find Fulfillment In Life?
Summary: Regardless of any action you perform, life will not attain fulfillment. At so many points in life, one feels, 'if this happens, my life will be complete'. But, whatever happens, life never attains fulfillment. Sadhguru says - "When man has reached a state where within himself, he does not have the need to perform any action and the actions that he performs are only to the extent required for the external situation, that man has become complete". This is fulfillment.
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How to Find Fulfillment in Life
Sadhguru: Fulfillment is not attained by some action. If you look carefully, you will see that at so many points in your life, you thought, “If this happens, my life will become complete.” When you were a child you thought, “If I get this toy, my life will be complete.” You got that, but after a few weeks you didn’t care about it. Life did not attain fulfillment. When you were in school you thought that if you passed your examination, life would be complete. That happened, and still nothing happened. Then you thought that if you complete your education, your life would be complete. That too happened. Now you thought, what is the use of all this education if you are not able to stand on your own two feet? That happened. After three months you began to think, what is the use of working like a donkey? If you get married to that man or woman who is in your heart, your life would become complete. That happened and then you know what happened!
When man has reached a state where within himself, he does not have the need to perform any action and the actions that he performs are only to the extent required for the external situation, that man has become complete.
Whatever action you may have performed, life has not attained any fulfillment. Fulfillment will not come because of some action that you perform. Only if your inner nature is complete, your life will attain fulfillment. If your inner nature is unbounded, your life is also unbounded. Now, you can either sit with your eyes closed or you can perform different actions, either way your life is complete. When man has reached a state where within himself, he does not have the need to perform any action and the actions that he performs are only to the extent required for the external situation, that man has become complete.
Please see, why have you been performing one action after another? It is towards fulfillment. People who perform action in excess, when you ask them why they are doing all that they are doing, they answer, “What to do? Food, wife, kids – who will take care of them?” The truth is, even if you fulfill all his needs, this person cannot sit quietly for even a day. He cannot even sit for three hours! He has to do something. This is because your inner nature has not attained fulfillment and you are trying to do it through actions. Your actions are not happening for your food or comforts; they are all happening in search of fulfillment. Whether this has happened with or without awareness, the actions indicate the search for unboundedness.
If, within you, your inner nature has attained fulfillment, there will be no need for action. If the external situation demands some action, you can do it joyously. If it is not needed, you can simply sit with eyes closed. When a person has reached a state where there is no need to perform any action, we can say that person has become unbounded. That does not mean that this person does not do any work at all. If the external situation demands it, he can work twenty-four hours. But action is not needed for his inner nature. He is not bound to action. He is the same, even without action.