(1) the origin of your soul, (2) the concept of making "before-birth" agreements and contracts that are sacred or holy (that word meaning "different" and thus a root of dualitistic thinking), (3) the language of symbols, (4) archetypes, (5) astrology, (6) the dozen or so ego-states that you are to adopt while the search continues for the one, special ego-state that you to assume, (7) the seven chakras, and (8) how to open each of those chakras in order to help in "the search for your purpose.”
What an arduous, extensive undertaking. And what an unusual game arranged by the gods or the forces of the universe, to provide a purpose beforehand but to hide it from you in a way that would require decades of accumulating more knowledge to uncover. That belief takes us to the original questioner who wondered why a universe would put him here with a purpose but not make clear to him what it is. How to navigate all the complicated, nonsensical, and contradictory formulas?
For every supposed truth anyone can offer you, someone can show you it is a lie. Suppose you are at a high rise construction site and you assert, “I can say absolutely that that is a steel beam being hoisted into the air by that crane.” A scientist can produce an electron microscope and show that what you take to be a beam is not that at all but is a swirling mass of subatomic particles. The same can be done with the crane, and the crane operator, and everything at the site. What appears to you is never what it is at all. It’s all a snake in a rope or a rope in a snake. [See 21 December 2005 glossary entry for more.] No Realized Advaitan will ever say, “Here’s the truth.” Anything that follows would be a lie. The Advaitan can suggest a manner in which you can move toward a blissful, entertaining existence and away from a dull, boring, monotonous existence: start questioning everything, see that any idea or belief ever dreamed up by any man of woman is nothing more than foolishness (regardless of any magical or mystical inspiration they might claim was the source of their concepts), and then be free of all the work that such rigid persons would try to inspire you to dedicate yourself to…forever.
Only the Realized know that no Absolute can be defined in terms of a relative existence. The Absolute is all that is real and the relative is all unreal. “Purpose” and “meaning” are concepts generated by ego-states in the relative existence, and that means they are as unreal as all else in the relative. Discard all you think you know and then the only thing of value in the relative—the knowledge of the Truth that cannot be stated and the understanding of the functioning of the totality—can be Realized. Please enter into the silence of contemplation. [To be continued]