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 In Search of the Ultimate Goal of Life



 While on tour of South India, Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu arrived on the banks of the river Godavari, where He met Shri Ramananda Raya, a great devotee of Shri Krishna. Lord Chaitanya expressed a deep desire to hear about Shri Krishna from the lips of Ramananda Raya and requested that Ramananda recite a verse from the revealed scriptures concerning the ultimate goal of life. Ramananda then replied:


sva-dharmacarane vishnu-bhakti haya

“If a person performs the prescribed duties of his social position, he awakens his original Krishna consciousness.”

 Supporting his statement, Ramananda then cited a verse from the Vishnu Purana (3.8.9):


purushena parah puman

vishnur aradhyate pantha

nanyat tat-dosha-karanam


“The Personality of Godhead Lord Vishnu is worshiped by the proper performance of prescribed duties in the system of varna and ashrama. There is no other way to satisfy the Personality of Godhead. One must be situated in the institution of the four varnas and ashramas.”