In easwaran"s dialogue with death, chapter twelve, the lesson of the lilac, discusses the purpose to our lives and how to overcome death. Easwaran reasons that the reason we must look for moksha (release from rebirth) is because life is too short. He says, if we could only see how narrow life is, how petty, how quickly ended, we would concentrate all our effort on escaping from it once and for all. When i read this line, i immediately understood what he was trying to say (note that this is not necessarily mean i agree with all his views). It is like our life is a song on a record. There are parts of the song that we love but the best and happiest part is at the end. However the record keeps skipping before it hits that part. This is the whole goal of our lives according to.