It’s easy to get caught up in all the little things in life, which our mind tends to disguise as big things, but we must remind ourselves of the ultimate goal of human life, moksha or liberation. This is liberation from the cycles of birth and death and as a result union with Brahman, the Supreme Spirit. Each individual soul, also known as Atman, is part of this Supreme Spirit, but through the illusionary nature of Maya, that which is perceived by the five senses, we become disconnected from this truth.
That’s why in Hinduism human life is regarded as extremely precious due to our greater intellect and ability to discern that which is real and that which is not. But our higher purpose has become lost with our attachments to worldly life. This doesn’t mean that we have to renounce worldly life and sit in a cave in the Himalayas. When we remind ourselves of our higher purpose and begin seeing the Supreme Spirit in everything and everyone, we can be guided towards the right path even when involved in our worldly duties.
“Brahman is the only truth, the world is illusion, and there is ultimately no difference between Brahman and individual self.”
~ Adi Shankacharya