Vi­jai Pant

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All of us have heard of the Epi­curean phi­los­o­phy, ‘Eat, drink and be merry for to­mor­row you may die.’ But this self-serv­ing con­sumerist cul­ture often leads us nowhere. Those who fol­low this phi­los­o­phy be­come just so ob­sessed with their pur­suits of ma­te­rial com­forts that it be­gins to con­sume them. Ma­te­ri­al­is­tic pur­suits drive them to act self­ishly. They are un­able to spare any thoughts for other fel­low hu­man be­ings. They reach a point when they for­get the higher pur­pose of their life.

We must al­ways re­mem­ber that we are the high­est form of God’s cre­ation. We have been be­stowed with sense, rea­son and in­tel­lect by God. God cre­ated Man ‘on pur­pose’ and ‘with a pur­pose’. We should be driven by this thought.

So, we should ever be thank­ful to the Almighty for giv­ing us this life. At the same time, we should also strive to al­le­vi­ate the mis­eries of the less for­tu­nate ones. We must jus­tify God’s trust in us by en­sur­ing that we never de­vi­ate from the moral, up­right path He wants us to travel. So, we must con­tinue to evolve, spir­i­tu­ally to be able to meet His ex­pec­ta­tion from us.

It is said, “What we are is God’s gift to us. What we be­come is our gift to God.”

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