What are the aims of the human life?
O my heedless self! If you would like to understand to some degree the aim
of your life and its nature, its apparent form and meaning, and the perfect
happiness in your life, then look! The aims of your life can be summarized as
the following nine articles:
The first is that you should weigh up on the scales of the senses
established in your body the bounties stored up in the treasuries of the Divine
Mercy, and offer general thanks on behalf of all your body.
The second is that, through the feelings, tendencies and faculties
embedded in your nature, you should discover the hidden treasuries—the works
and manifestations—of the Divine Sacred Names, and recognize the Most Holy One
through those Names.
The third is that in this place of exhibition—the world—you should
consciously display through your life before the whole creation the subtle manifestations
of the Divine Names in your being [such as your senses, faculties and abilities].
The fourth is that you should proclaim your worship and servant-hood
to the Court of the Creator’s Lordship verbally and through the tongue of your
The fifth is that you should do like a soldier who, appearing on ceremonial
occasions before the king with the decorations he has received from him, displays
the marks of the king’s favor towards him. You should consciously adorn yourself
in the “jewels” of subtle human senses and faculties embedded in your being
through the manifestations of the Divine Names and present yourself to the view
of the Eternal Witness.
The sixth is that the main purpose for the creation of living beings
is that they should worship and glorify their Creator. They fulfill this duty
by submission to Him—by obeying, consciously or unconsciously, the laws He established
for their lives. Thus, you should consciously observe the obedience of living
beings to their Creator—their glorification and worship of Him—and reflect on
them and acknowledge them through testifying to them.
The seventh is that, through taking as units of measurement the small
samples of attributes like the partial knowledge, power and will given to your
life, you should recognize the absolute Attributes and sacred qualities of the
Majestic Creator. For example, seeing that by using your partial knowledge,
will and power, you have made a beautiful, well-ordered house for yourself ,
you should know that the Maker of this palace of the universe is powerful, wise
and capable to the degree it is greater than your house.
The eighth is that you should understand the speech of each being
in the world in its particular tongue concerning the Oneness of the Creator,
the Lordship of the Maker.
The ninth is that from your impotence and weakness, and poverty and
neediness, you should infer the degrees of the manifestations of the Divine
Power and the Richness of the Lord. Just as the pleasures and varieties of food
are understood or distinguished in relation to the degrees of hunger and kinds
of need, so too you should understand the degrees of the infinite Divine Power
and Richness through your infinite impotence and poverty.