1. The goal of Life

Love of God

Sambandha-jïäna refers to establishing one’s original relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, abhidheya refers to acting according to that constitutional relationship, and prayojana is the ultimate goal of life, which is to develop love of Godhead (premä pum-artho mahän).(Ädi 7.73)

There are different grades and standards of prosperity. The standard of comfort and happiness, conceived by the common man engaged in manual labor, is the lowest grade of happiness in relation with the body. The highest standard of such bodily comfort is achieved by the fruitive worker either for this life or the life after death by pious activities to reach up to the plane of Heaven the kingdom of the created gods with delegated powers. But this conception of comfortable life in Heaven is insignificant in comparison to the happiness of being one in the impersonal Brahman. The happiness of Brahmananda or the spiritual bliss derived from the impersonal Brahman is also compared with a pit in the face of an ocean when one develops pure love for the Lord. Ever increasing ocean of transcendental happiness is derived from the association of the Personality of Godhead. To qualify oneself for reaching that stage of life is the highest perfection of life. One should try to purchase a ticket for going back to home back to Godhead and the price for such traveling ticket is an intense desire only. This intense desire is not easy to awaken even by continuous pious activities of crores of life. All associations of mundane relations are sure to be broken in course of time but once the relation is established with the Personality of Godhead, in different mellows-it is never to be broken even after the annihilation of the material world. (Volume 3, Part 19, May 5, 1960, VOL. III PART XIX, Delhi, Thursday 5th May, 1960, Chaitanya Charitamrta, Essays and Text)

Arjuna was in a relationship with the Lord as friend. Of course there is a gulf of difference between this friendship and the friendship found in the material world. This is transcendental friendship which cannot be had by everyone. Of course everyone has a particular relationship with the Lord, and that relationship is evoked by the perfection of devotional service. But in the present status of our life, we have not only forgotten the Supreme Lord, but we have forgotten our eternal relationship with the Lord. Every living being, out of many, many billions and trillions of living beings, has a particular relationship with the Lord eternally. That is called svarüpa. By the process of devotional service, one can revive that svarüpa, and that stage is called svarüpa-siddhi-perfection of one’s constitutional position. (BG Introduction).

A devotee who has sacrificed everything for the service of Kåñëa and whose only source of relief is the Lord is known as akiïcana. As expressed in the prayers offered by Queen Kunté, the Lord is akiïcana-vitta, the property of such a devotee. Those who are liberated from the bondage of conditioned life are elevated to the spiritual world, where they achieve five kinds of liberation—säyujya, sälokya, särüpya, särñöi and sämépya [Cc. Madhya 6.266]. They personally associate with the Lord in five mellows—çänta, däsya, sakhya, vätsalya and mädhurya. These rasas are all emanations from Kåñëa. As described by Viçvanätha Cakravarté Öhäkura, the original mellow, ädi-rasa, is conjugal love. Kåñëa is the origin of pure and spiritual conjugal love. (SB 6.9.45)

This ultimate goal of life is to go back home, back to Godhead. The words anävåttiù çabdät in the Vedänta-sütra indicate this ultimate goal. (Ädi 7.106)

 

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