What would you do without a god?

What is the purpose of a rock? Is it to be used as a hammer, or a decoration, a chair? What is the purpose of the sun? What is the purpose of sunlight? Rain falls and water flows downhill - without any purpose at all, only because it is the nature of a liquid to flow downhill and fall. What then can be said about the purpose of life?

Are you doing the right thing, or the wrong thing? Is your life going in the right direction, or the wrong direction? Such constructs are artificial, and it is illogical to use them as guiding principles. We take up smoking tobacco because it is our nature to do so; when our nature changes, we quit smoking tobacco. Our nature is never constant, but constantly evolving: like the rain flows to the ocean first in trickles, then streams, then rivers - and then evaporates into great clouds only to fall as rain again. It is the nature of water to fall, flow downhill - and then rise up again.

We do not quit smoking because we want to be stronger - we grow strong enough to quit smoking. We grow stronger because it is our nature to become stronger - it is not the desire to grow stronger which motivates our growth, but the very nature of our being. It is our nature to become stronger, smarter and more compassionate - regardless of our will.

The sun shines utterly without purpose, and yet is beautiful; the ocean is utterly without purpose, and yet is beautiful. The eagle flies because it is hungry, it is true - but it's hunger is utterly without purpose. Yet the eagle is nevertheless beautiful. You are utterly without purpose, yet are nevertheless beautiful.

It is your nature to be beautiful, to be loved, to love! Quite as much as anything.

What is the purpose of an Ashram? What is the purpose of strengthening through Yoga? Of growing stronger in mind, body and heart? Of growing stronger economically and professionally, of enjoying life?

It is a very uncomfortable feeling to be upon a path with no discernable beginning or end, no correct direction or incorrect direction. It is very uncomfortable to be without a friend on that path, even if we travel with others. The path is very dangerous. Traveling is so wearisome. It is our nature to sit, like a rock. To sit upon the side of the path. To leave the path, and make a home, an Ashram - where we might even welcome travelers. Or not. But this is only possible after we have traveled the path long enough to grow weary of it.

What would you do when there is no difference between right or wrong? Without difference between up or down, forward or backward? What would you do when you stop believing you have a purpose? Would you then discover your duty, your nature? Would you, upon understanding such Dharma, perfect Artha and Kama? Would you perfect wisdom, and gain final understanding? How would such an accomplished person be capable of suffering? Of desiring, disliking or hating? Of living or dying?

Bhagavan, what would you do if there were no god?