“Your IKIGAI represents the meaning you attach to your life that creates a desire to keep moving despite opposite forces!” – Richa Chaturvedi
This is a 3 part series of IKIGAI. In this Part 1 of 3, we will dwell upon the philosophy behind IKIGAI. Part 2 will focus upon the 5 pillars of harmonious life, part 3 is about the 10 commandments of IKIGAI and part 4 will dwell into the application of IKIGAI as a tool.
Philosophy of IKIGAI –
IKIGAI – ee-key-guy – A Japanese concept that means Life (IKI) Purpose (GAI). A life that is worth living because you know it is adding value to the world. It is a life purpose which is bigger than your life now for the bigger benefit of the society.
Ikigai may be connected to Japan but has its relevance in different countries evident through their language, culture and religion. Like in France, they call this from the name of “raison d’etre” which means “reason for being” and in Indian context it relates to 4 Pillars of Purushartha (Object of human pursuit) –
👉🏻Karma – What you Love! – Karma is your desires and you would desire what you love. And passionate about.
👉🏻Dharma – What you are good at! – Dharma means profession which is righteous through all means.
👉🏻Artha – What can earn Money for you! – Artha means money whch suggest untill you aren’t good at your skill set it won’t lend you money.
👉🏻Moksha – What society needs! Moksha is the mission of humanity. We work towards what this world needs from us.
IKIGAI, PURUSHARTHA or RAISON D’ETRE all have a similar meaning and similar philosophy towards life which is based upon our ancient culture and roots of Japenese medicine and Indian Ayurveda.
It is an art of being happy right now in this moment and enjoy to the fullest as this moment won’t come back to you ever. So why waste in haste? Why not we live upto each of it to juice the maximum out of it. And happiness arises from good Mental, Physical and Spiritual Health. You will wake up to Joy only when you stay with joy inside you!!!
👉🏻Myth Busting Alert – You can have multiple IKIGAIs in one lifetime. Your IKIGAIS might change with the changing Karma, Dharma, Artha and Moksha!!!
“Your Life is ruled by your aspirations and the possibilities lie in your hands!” – Richa Chaturvedi
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