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Life in Orbit(s)

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Heavenly bodies orbit.

Planets, moons, satellites, stars, galaxies…all orbit.

They all orbit around something or something orbits around them.

So can a conclusion be drawn here?

Can we generalize a bit here?

Does everything have an orbit?

Do humans like you and me, also have orbits?


Let’s focus on the last statement. Do humans have orbit?


If yes, then around what? What is the center of there orbit?


Do they just have one orbit? Or do they have multiple orbits?


With these questions I begin my Theory of Orbits“.


Yes. Every person is in an orbit. Orbit around something very important. And what is this ‘important thing or centre’? To tell the truth, I am not sure. It can be anything.  Anything and everything. But my personal feelings are that, it might be the “Holy Grail of Existence” – The reason for our very existence. The guiding beacon of our lives.


Now as we have answered the question of “what’s at the centre of our orbit”, let’s focus on the next important question – “The Number of Orbits“,






4 is the answer.


And all of us are in one of these 4 orbits. At a time, we can only, and only exist in one of the orbits.


So here are the 4 orbits –


Orbit 1 : I don’t know that I don’t know, what I want from my life


Orbit 2 : I know that I don’t know, what I want from my life.


Orbit 3 : I don’t know that I already know, what I want from my life.


Orbit 4 : I know that I know, what I want from my life.


The first orbit is the farthest from the center and the distance keeps on decreasing as you go down the list. That is, at the centre, we have the Holy Grail of Existence. Then comes Orbit 4, followed by 3, 2 and 1.


Now, when a person is born, he starts at the orbit 1. He is, at that point, farthest from the Holy Grail (the centre).


Orbit 1 : I don’t know that I don’t know, what I want from my life

This is the first orbit that a person is allotted after birth. He does not have the knowledge about what he wants from his life. And to make the matters worse, he doesn’t even know that he does not have ‘that’ knowledge(!) A person usually spends his entire childhood in this phase. This is the worst (technically) of all the orbits. But there are pleasures, unexplainable, attached to this orbit too. Just remember your childhood days. No worries, no problems, no goals…nothing. No tension at all. 🙂



Orbit 2 : I know that I don’t know, what I want from my life

Now comes the 2nd orbit. A person moves a bit closer to the center. In this orbit, a person realizes that he is born for a purpose. He realizes that he is here for a reason. But…he does not know the reason. He has the knowledge that like everything else, he too has a purpose in life. But what is the actual purpose….he doesn’t know. According to experts like me 😉 , this phase should get over before a person reaches 30. And if the person fails to realize this goal of existence even later, he will most probably lead an aimless life and a life, which is just about existing and not living.


Ideally a person should leapfrog from orbit 2 to orbit 4.

[Reasons a bit later]


So let’s take up the orbit 4 first, followed by the 3rd orbit.



Orbit 4 : I know that I know, what I want from my life

This is Nirvana, in the real sense of the word. A person in this orbit is at heavenly rest. He knows what he wants in life and is going after that very thing. He is existing for the sake of that very goal. He has an aim in life. Orbit 4 is very much a mirror image of Orbit 1. The mind of people in both the orbits are at ease. They are not confused about what they want from life. A person in orbit 1 does not know the existence of any such goal, i.e. he fails to realize that he ought to have a goal. And other one in the 4th orbit has the goal and knows that this is the ultimate goal of his existence.


So why is Orbit 3 different from the other three…??



Orbit 3 : I don’t know that I already know, what I want from my life

A person in this orbit, knows that he ought to have a goal / purpose in life. But he does not know what. Though in actual sense, he is enjoying what he is doing. In his sub conciscience, he already knows that, whatever he is doing, is ‘the thing’ that he really wants to do. But he fails to realize this.

He is happy with the work he is doing but his mind is not at rest. And this is, in fact a dangerous state to be in.


If you have read till here, I am need no prompting that you don’t belong to the Orbit 1.

I have realized that I am in Orbit 2. I am dead sure about that as I have been making revolutions in this orbit for quite some time now. 😉

For those who feel that they may be in Orbit 3….please try deciding about your aim fast. Why should you be worried when you like what you do?

And for those in the Orbit 4…Hi there!! Please give us lessons on increasing our escape velocities (A term commonly used to signify the minimum speed required to move to a higher orbit :: but here we are moving to lower ones 🙂 ) to come to your orbits. Its really difficult to move to the 4th Orbit. Please help!!!


Orbit, orbit everywhere….not an orbit to revolute… 😉


So what’s your orbit.......?





Written by Dev

April 8, 2009 at 3:44 pm

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  1. Wow, that’s a rather interesting theory, and I think it even holds for most lives. You should try patenting it 😛

    I am stuck in orbit 2 since a long time too. Infact, so many people go to their graves right from orbit 2, it’s scary! But well, at least we’re a step closer towards the holy grail than 1.


    April 8, 2009 at 6:58 pm

  2. I follow Uncertainty Principle 🙂


    April 8, 2009 at 7:17 pm

  3. Interesting! I believe I am at second as well…but I like you observation on the third. I am excited though, because, one thing I DO KNOW, is that I am getting closer, in all my actions and thoughts, to reaching the forth, slowly maybe but it’s all a matter of conciousness. People like you bring it forward.

    Love and light


    April 9, 2009 at 2:50 am

  4. nice!!

    neha kotwal

    April 9, 2009 at 11:09 am

  5. I feel I’m an unstable electron that keeps changing it’s orbit based on his level of excitement.
    I guess all of us are. Sometimes you feel you’ve figured things out and then, wham, right out of the blue, something happens to you and then you wonder if you ever knew anything ..


    April 10, 2009 at 3:09 pm

  6. @Shivya
    Thanks 🙂
    and yes, it is a scary thought that we might end up in the 2nd orbit. I just hope that I move to the first one as soon as possible.

    Look everybody!!!
    Heisenberg is still alive!!!

    The 3rd orbit is indeed quite different from others. And if someone is in it, it will take something really self awakening to move out of it.

    @neha kotwal
    Huh!! I write a post of 1006 words and all I get from you is ‘nice’??

    Atleast its better to be an electron than a stupid proton and stable neutron. Keep orbitin’ 😉


    April 12, 2009 at 8:15 am

  7. interesting theory. i think i’m the fourth one at the moment because i’m enjoying what i do right now and i have a sense of purpose in life. if something changes over time with the things i enjoy doing right now i would probably be questioning what i want to do in life…


    April 13, 2009 at 4:34 am

  8. Hey Dude 🙂 great theory, you must IP this, but I always though the answer to all the questions in the world was 42!!!

    Chirag Chamoli

    April 13, 2009 at 2:50 pm

  9. this is a great post. i think i am still in orbit 2 but trying very hard to reach the 4th. but the truth is there is no escape velocity available.

    it is like there will be a sudden amount of energy available which will hit us and escalate us to the next level. waiting for my energy spurt.

    you have nicely explained it. recently i too did a post abot this but mine had the question only yours has the explanations too.


    April 13, 2009 at 3:03 pm

  10. @sulz
    Congratulations!!! If you are in th 4th one, then you are the luckiest of all of us alive… 🙂

    @Chirag Chamoli
    Thanks man 😉

    Thanks for the compliment. Even I am waiting for my own spurt of energy to move from 2nd to 4th level…I just hope I dont end up as asteroids while moving from Jupiter to Mars 😉


    April 13, 2009 at 5:23 pm

  11. I am in Orbit four!!!! Yay!! The point is that I know exactly what I want to do but I have to carve a path to it. Its an exciting journey and full of obstacles. 🙂


    April 14, 2009 at 1:43 am

  12. That’s an interesting analysis… i think i’ve been in the 2nd orbit for a long time… but at the same time, i’m always switching between 2nd and the 3rd orbit….
    Being in the 4th orbit would be equivalent to “living up your dreams”…. which might kill the “appetite for dreaming” and chasing the cherished dreams… subsequently hampering the growth of a person….
    so i’m quite satisfied for the time being… But will definitely try to experience living in the 4th orbit…

    arthur ashe

    April 15, 2009 at 11:13 am

  13. interesting post I must say.
    I do feel though that the state of uncertainty as elaborated for Orbit 1 here is much more than just plain senseless fun a.l.a the childhood “malgudi” days.Ignorance is bliss for some and not for other or in other words ‘A frog in a well’ and happy at that too.

    Personally, I would love to be in Orbit 4, the one where divinity strikes and you get a grip of what it is you really want. Going by the definition I would say I am in the Orbit 3 as of now and subconsciously pulling myself to the path I want to take.

    I do feel though that the dynamism of our existence cannot be captured as a static phenomena. The transition from one orbit to another is not permanent.


    April 18, 2009 at 10:14 pm

  14. i guess i am moving between orbit 3 and orbit 4
    two orbits together OMG!
    may be than i have two centre as well ………ah you better guess “gemini’s uphold the philosphy twice the fun ” 😛


    April 21, 2009 at 12:13 pm

  15. Im in the 2nd orbit like everyone else!! But then I might as well be in the 3rd orbit, because I might be knowing what I wan’t, but may be I just don’t know it yet, that I know!! So, basically, I’m confused.. And does that take me back to the 2nd orbit?? Or is it the 1st?? 😐 😐

    What I do know is.. I blogrolled you!! 😀

    P.S.: Is ” The Holy Grail of Existence”, really a word or you coined it yourself???? I have only heard about the Holy Grail of Christanity!!!


    April 23, 2009 at 1:36 am

  16. @Amit
    Congrats man…orbit 4??
    Thats really commendable and surprising that you, at such a young age, you have made it. 🙂

    @arthur ashe
    I agree with you that, going to orbit will definitley mean that we don’t have any major goals in our life. But man…I ask you, what is the point in living an unfulfilled life?? Isn’t it?

    “Dynamism of our existence cannot be captured as a static phenomena”…Wow!!
    Bang on target. Stagnation is not our fate.

    Two orbits in the same time. You are sicerely breaking the laws of physics man.. 😉

    Thanks for the blogroll Ambika.
    Seems this orbit thing is getting all of us so confused.
    “The Holy Grail of Existence” ….[Blushes] I coined it. 🙂


    April 27, 2009 at 10:42 am

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