Who Am I?

Have you ever wondered who you really are? Where you are going after this life? What is the purpose of your existence? Why this world is full of suffering?

It is said that the human life begins when one seeks answers to these questions. They are the most basic of all questions, yet are also the foundation of knowledge. Without knowing who you really are, it will not be possible to find real peace and happiness. This coming week I will try to shed some light on these subjects to give us a better understanding of the truth regarding our identity.

Please take a moment to ponder on these verses taken from Krishna …

“As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change.”

“Those who are seers of the truth have concluded that of the nonexistent (the material body) there is no endurance and of the eternal (the soul) there is no change. This they have concluded by studying the nature of both.”

“That which pervades the entire body you should know to be indestructible. No one is able to destroy that imperishable soul.”


Joseph Bismark
Group Managing Director, QI Ltd

2 thoughts on “Who Am I?

  1. Dear Mr Japa,

    When I was younger, I used to wonder so much why I was born and what my purpose was in this world. I always thought all my friends were born with so many talents, whereas I didn’t know what my talents were. I can’t sing, I can’t dance, I am not a genius who can invent things, and my grades in school were just average. As I got older, and especially after I joined QuestNet, I started seeing different IRs coming from different backgrounds who made it in this business even though they cannot read and write. So, I started seeing that a purpose of life is when an opportunity meets determination.

    I now believe you don’t have to be born a rocket scientist to work in NASA, but you must love what you do and be determined to learn everything about it to become a master at what you do. The problem is finding what you love is an opportunity that not everyone can experience in life. I know many people who are born and have died without having the opportunity to live their purpose, because the opportunity never came to them.

    Anyway, I want to let you know that I really enjoy reading your ‘GoW’ because it makes me think of things that really matter to me and it reminds me what I should be doing. Thanks Mr Japa.

    Warm regards,
    Jeanny The
    QuestNet Indonesia

  2. Dear Jeanny,

    What is so amazing is that every human being at some point in his or her life stops and wonders about these questions: “Who am I?” and “What is my purpose?” But in the process, he or she forgets or most of the time is afraid to seek further because we all know that finding the answers will be very uncomfortable, especially if we are not willing to hear the truth.

    Every person is endowed with a strong power of ‘Free Will’. Your ‘Free Will’ is what brought you where you are right now. ‘Free Will’ will take you where you want to be. The only question is, where should we be going? Are we going to the right place?

    It is so important to understand who we are. We are not this material body; we are the soul or spirit inside driving this vehicle called the physical body.

    Real success is determined not by the cars we have, the house we live in, nor the amount of cash we have accumulated in the bank.

    Success must not only be determined materially but also spiritually.

    For example, it would be difficult to stand on one leg because there will be no balance. Today, most people focus on material success, standing only on one leg. They forget that spiritual understanding of the soul is more important than any material success. Both material and spiritual activities must be cultivated at the same time. Obviously we need food, clothing and shelter. These are needs of the body, but beyond these, we have another need – the needs of the soul.

    We have spiritual needs and these are the needs to love and be loved. We need care and we want to serve. All of these are actually the needs of the soul, the real needs that we keep on neglecting because of the false identification with our material bodies.

    Most people believe that they are flesh and blood. So the craving of the soul is taken to be the craving of the body and that is the reason why we never feel satisfied no matter whatever physical enjoyment we experience. The physical body is not our real self. Feeding the needs of the body will never fill up the needs of the soul.

    Please take a moment to ponder and realise who you are. This exercise is very important because there is a need to understand who we are if we want to attain real happiness.


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