The modern theory of evolution is taught in almost all schools and colleges around the globe and is influencing thousands of students at every moment. Life, according to this paradigm, is a product of the evolution of the lifeless cosmic dust particles (atoms and molecules), which have no meaning and purpose.
However, many thinkers and all religious traditions of the world proclaim a divine meaning and higher purpose of life.
Vedanta, the topmost philosophical treatise of spiritual and cultural heritage of India, provides a vivid description about life, its origin and meaning: – What makes a living system grow? Why any cell starts dividing at the first place? Why does a fertilized egg undergo divisions which result in the formation of the whole body? – Is consciousness a function of the brain? If not, where is it located? – What is biodiversity? How is it linked to consciousness? – What are the properties of the “spiriton” (atma) or the spiritual particle? – What is the ultimate purpose of human life? – What is karma? Is it eternal? How to change the results of karma? – What is free will? Can all living beings exercise it, and why? What is the link between free will and karma? – Why “bad things happen to good people”? – What is the most valuable and unique quality of the human form of life, compared to other forms of life?