I am reading books nowadays, extensively.
This one book I came across recently is beautiful, “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius!
You will be stunned to know that Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor some 2000 years ago. And, he practiced whatever he preached or spread among his people.
In this wonderful book that is a collection of all his preachings and revelations, Marcus shows us how to capture our desires and emotions through continuous vigil and watch of each one of our actions or thoughts and through impartial analysis of the goodness or badness of each such action or thought.
Marcus defines good acts or thoughts are those that contribute to or result in the welfare of the society and not for one’s own self.
If I perform an action or even feel something to do, I should first consider whether it contributes to the betterment and happiness of people around me. Then only I indulge in that action or perception. Otherwise, discard it.
He reminds us continuously in all his preachings that our body is just temporary. It can perish at any moment. So, one should always live in his present moment and try to use his body for performing a good job.
He always believed that God gave us this body only for carrying on his mission of keeping this universe wonderful and beautiful for all his living beings alike. So, men are provided reasoning power and the body to perform his work on his behalf. He provided us with the hands and legs and the brain for all this mission. So, carry on the mission at each moment of your life as you may not know when you will die and leave this body.
It is a very interesting book to read and to know the purpose of your life. But, you need to digest each sentence of it before proceeding further. Make up your mind to get to dive into this wonderful knowledge of the purpose of life. It is a very short book of only 62 pages. But, full of Gems.