Eknathji says : Our present life is the outcome of the actions in the past lives, either good or bad. The chain of life is without a beginning and the present life is just a link in the chain. One should think, "I have been provided with desires, thoughts, environment and other necessary things. My life must not be purposeless. What is the purpose for which I have come in this world? It must have been ordained by the Divine Power for me. I have to discover it."
Here Mananeeya Eknathji brings out an important point. He says : Discovering the purpose of life is the vital point. Life begins for us when we come across the mission face to face and get to the core of it.
Swami Vivekananda came face to face with the purpose of life in Kanyakumari on the Shripad Parai. The authors of Life of Swami Vivekananda write : At Cape Comorin sitting in Mother Kumari's temple, sitting on the last bit of Indian rock--I hit upon a plan: We are so many sannyasins wandering about, and teaching the people metaphysics--it is all madness. Did not our Gurudeva [Divine Master] use to say, "An empty stomach is no good for religion"? That those poor people are leading the life of brutes is simply due to ignorance. We have for all ages been sucking their blood and trampling them underfoot.............
Having known this, why do one wastes one's energy? Here Eknathji says :
The body is the energy-generating dynamo. We have a machine which operates a certain function. We maintain the machine very meticulously. Day by day, week by week, we open the machine, clean the parts, again put it in order, oil the same and cover it carefully to protect the same from dust. The upkeep is ideal. But this does not serve the purpose if the machine is not operated to perform its function. What is the output of the machine? Motor car, sewing machine, generator, these are all maintained very nicely to serve some purpose.
Let the life be not a story of maintenance. Let it be of some use.