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We all want happiness and we define happiness as desires achieved. When all desires are achieved, we say, 'I am tranquil.' Well, why can't we be tranquil to begin with? Who made me have all these multitudinous desires? There are basic needs, but we don't suffer from the lack of those basic things now, things such as shelter, clothes, food. It is ingrained in us, in our chromosomes, to keep the body alive as well as we can, in order to discover the purpose of it all - that is the purpose of living.
Emptying Out, Sweetening and Purification
The First step for a seeker to take is to witness, pure and simple. It is to be watchful, to be aware, to allow that which is higher in you to enable you to witness what goes on within you. In the state of watchfulness, at the beginning, there is usually a storm of thoughts. With guidance and perseverance, these bubbles of thoughts surface and vanish. This is the stage of emptying out. It is the cleaning of the mind-processor so that no psychological or emotional memories remain to contaminate the mind-computer.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had taught: 'Die before you die.' The Suf sage retold this teaching to his disciple as: 'Lose your (lower) self and there will remain only the (higher) soul - Allah's light within your heart.' This is the purpose of human life.
The Perpetual Now
What was there before the beginning of creation? The beginning implies movement and change within space and time. The start of the universe is what is popularly referred to as the big bang. Most human endeavours occur along the path of increasing consciousness and awareness, growing knowledge of wider and deeper connections, and more profound relationships in existence.