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101- Goal of Life


1. What is prayojana, the ultimate goal of life?


Who am I? What is this material world? Who is God? What is our relationship with one another? The answers to these four questions are known as sambandha-jnana, knowledge of our relationship with the Lord. What is the duty of a person who has attained this knowledge? Having received such knowledge, we then perform our prescribed duties to achieve the goal of life. This is known as abhidheya, the process we must follow to achieve the goal. The result we attain by performing our duties is called prayojana, the ultimate goal of life.

(Commentary on Caitanya-caritamrta Adi 7.146)


2. What is real prayojana?


Happiness is the goal of life, but material sense gratification, the desire for mundane happiness, is not eternal happiness. Real happiness is spiritual. Such happiness is the ultimate goal of life. There is no happiness in liberation; liberation is only the cessation of distress. By understanding that prayojana is eternal happiness, we nourish our sambandha-jnana and strengthen and purify our execution of abhidheya. (Sri Bhagavatarka-marici-mala 17/2) 


3. What is the most auspicious prayojana ?


Learned scholars have concluded that love of God is the living entities' ultimate goal of life. For love, human beings are even willing to give up their lives. Love is nectar. When this love is applied to Krsna, it becomes extremely relishable; when it is applied to objects other than Krsna, it becomes abominable. Therefore love of God has been defined as the ultimate goal of all pious activities, such as worship, austerity, sacrifice, charity, yoga, cultivation of impersonal knowledge, and samadhi. Love of God is the living entities' most auspicious goal of life. It is attained by following the prescribed process given in scripture. (Sri Bhagavatarka-marlci-mala 17/22)


4. What is the difference between the desire to satisfy Krsna's senses and the desire to satisfy our own senses?


All desires arising from the mentality, "I am a servant of Krsna," are desires to satisfy Krsna's senses. Desires arising from the mentality, "I am the enjoyer," are desires to satisfy one's own senses. (Commentary on Caitanya-caritamrta Adi 4.165-68)


5. What is the spirit soul's natural propensity?


The mood of separation from Krsna is the spirit soul's natural propensity.

(Commentary on Caitanya-caritamrta Adi 4.197)


6. What is the perfect stage of worship for those following Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu?


The perfect stage of worship for the followers of Sri Caitanya's lotus feet is to internally see oneself in a sakhl's grove dependent upon the maidservant there who assists Srlmatl Radhika in Her constant service to Krsna, while constantly taking shelter of chanting the Lord's holy name. (Sajjana-tosani 9/11)