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The Goal of Life: Purification of Heart & Glorification of Lord


If you approach some one and ask him, "What is the goal of your life? What do you want to achieve by all your endeavors?" Generally people have plenty of materialistic plans to fulfill with no idea of the soul. It may even take one's entire life to fulfill all those plans. But even if one achieves those goal successfully, they all will have to be left aside at the time of death.


The scriptures explain that one's main goal in life must be purification of one's heart of all contaminating desires against the will of the Lord. No one can become desireless. One should only change the quality of desires from material to spiritual. We must essentially purify ourselves of the six primary misgivings (anarthas) in the heart - lust, anger, greed, pride, envy and illusion. How to do this? One should always act ONLY in relation to the Lord. One should transform the lust into love for the Lord's service. One should be angry towards those who blaspheme the Lord or His devotees as Hanuman burnt Sri Lanka. One should be greedy for chanting the Lord's names more and more. In this way one should change the quality of his desires, by converting the material desires into spiritual desires. This is made possible by hearing Krishna-upadesh (instructions of Lord Krishna, viz, the Bhagavad-gita) and Krishna-katha (pastimes of Lord Krishna, viz, the Shrimad Bhagavatam). By regular hearing one can become purified of all misgivings. We also should glorify God with all our hearts, by chanting His Holy Names. One becomes freed from all impurities of heart by chanting the holy names and awakens love for God that is dormant in his heart.