Life’s Purpose

Those who assume life is meaningless lead meaningless lives.

If you clicked on this page, either (1) you sense that there is a reason for your existence and wish to further explore that possibility, or (2) you randomly manipulated your computer keyboard with no intention of learning anything, since what’s the point if life has no purpose?

If #1 applies to you, read on. If #2 applies, read on.

If there is a purpose to life, it makes sense to know what it is, at least so we can know why we’re here and what to do. Purpose implies intelligence. Intelligence doesn’t exist on its own, as a disembodied force. People have intelligence, and Vedic writings say the source of everything is the Absolute Truth (janmadyasya yataha) — an all-inclusive supreme person — and offer extensive information on the subject.

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We’re all parts of a supreme whole — a transcendental supreme person with whom we’re eternally related. The Supreme is one person, but from Him come an infinite number of subordinate persons with whom He wishes to enjoy loving relationships. We’re those persons, so the purpose of our existence is to learn how to relate to Him.

If we’re willing to consider that some super-intelligent being is behind everything, with a purpose to fulfill by creating it all, we can understand that such a person might also possess other qualities — like kindness and love — in superlative degrees and that we may find a sense of total fulfillment once we reacquaint ourselves with the reasons for our own individual existence.

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  • Modern Society Has No Brain
    – “Wherever I go, when I ask any gentleman, “What is the purpose of life?” he cannot explain . . .” Srila Prabhupada speaks with the head of the U.N.’s International Labor Organization.
  • Enlightened Introspection
    – Introspection. You need it. Take a break and think about what your life is about.
  • What Is The Purpose Of Life?
    – If there was no point, then there’d be no point in asking. But there is a point.
  • That Internal Potency Is Radharani
    – “. . .So because Krishna, the Absolute Truth, is anandamaya [infinitely blissful], therefore eko bahu syam, He has become many. We are also Krishna’s part and parcel, to give pleasure to Krishna. . .” A lecture given on the appearance anniversary of Srimati Radharani.

We like to quote our sources. This page was inspired by the following:

  • Srimad-Bhagavatam, 2.2.14, Purport: “The real purpose of life is to make contact with the Lord and be engaged in His service. That is the natural position of living entities.”
  • Srimad-Bhagavatam, 4.24.69, Purport: “Simply by offering prayers to the Supreme Lord one can become perfect, even though engaged in his occupational duty. The real purpose of life is to become a devotee of the Lord. It does not matter where one is situated.”
  • Bhagavad-gita, 3.7, Purport: “Instead of becoming a pseudo transcendentalist for the sake of wanton living and sense enjoyment, it is far better to remain in one’s own business and execute the purpose of life, which is to get free from material bondage and enter into the kingdom of God. The prime svartha-gati, or goal of self-interest, is to reach Vishnu.”
  • Bhagavad-gita, 18.1, Purport: “The third part of Bhagavad-gita has shown that devotional service [ bhakti-yoga], and nothing else, is the ultimate purpose of life. This has been established by citing past acharyas (spiritual masters) and the Brahma-sutra, the Vedanta-sutra.”
  • Srimad-Bhagavatam, 4.29.47, Purport: “The temporary comforts of life experienced either on this planet or on other planets are all to be taken as illusory because they do not touch the real purpose of life. The real purpose of life is to go back home, back to Godhead. Ignorant of the real purpose of life, people take to either gross materialistic activities or ritualistic activities.”
  • Srimad-Bhagavatam, 4.30.19, Purport: “One should learn how to dovetail everything in the service of the Lord, for everything is connected to Krishna. That is the real purpose of life and secret of success. “

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