I'm wondering what is the definition of life from the Vedic perspective. What kind of relation does life have with God? Life has so many perspectives that you can't define life I guess. For me, life is a perfect guru who teaches without words. And if you don't follow life's teachings it will slowly go away. I can't describe with words what I feel when I think about the word "life" so I'm turning here for help.

Is it OK to serve life like you would serve your guru? To help and support life so that it can flourish like a sun. Is this a reliable way to attain God?

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    Indeed life is one of the greatest Guru! You have got the point very well. it's not about what you do on the outside. Its about who you are on the inside. A fish will be a fish even if it is trying to fly. And you are always Divine, whether you are leading a normal life or not! All austerities and all sadhana is done to purify the Heart, where you realize that 'All work is God's work, all life is God!'. All that you do WITH LOVE is Divine and is the Highest Meditation! Good question sir.
    – Sai
    Jan 25 '16 at 17:26

The universe is made of Jeev or the soul, Ishwar, or god and Maya or illusion. The Jeev doesn't die, and is shapeless and formless. The Jeev is situated inside the body, or Maya, which is equal to a man putting on clothes. When you die, only the physical body dies, while the Jeev takes on another body, which can be of an animal, micro-organism, plant ect. The purpose of life is to serve god, and when god is served, Jeev can attain salvation, and spend the rest of eternity with Ishwar.

  • But according to the Vedas, the Absolute, called Brahman, was present in everything, be it living or Nonliving, and thus everything is, as believers in the Vedas believe, 'endowed with sentience'. Thus, by this view, a piece of rock also have got' sentience '. But rock is truly Not a living thing. It seems the sages of Vedic times did Not have any concept of life.
    – Prakash RP
    Jun 12 at 6:53

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