Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.10

kāmasya nendriya-prītir
lābho jīveta yāvatā
jīvasya tattva-jijñāsā
nārtho yaś ceha karmabhiḥ

One should not strive much for sense-enjoyment and gain, a human being is meant
for inquiry about Absolute Truth thus no other duties should be the goal of one’s life.

In the Padma Purana in is explained that there are 8,400,000 species of living beings and therefore getting a human birth itself is very rare. If a person misuses his rare human birth, he is sure to be dragged down to the lower species of life and thus lose the ability to inquire about the real meaning of life. Only in the human birth one has the sufficient intelligence required to inquire about the Supreme Truth and end the vicious cycle of birth and death.

We have seen that many people are simply engaged in sense enjoyment and therefore spent most of their time in earning profits or involving themselves in unnecessary engagement. We should perform our required duties in order to maintain our livelihood, but these are not the goal of one’s life. The goal of life should be, how to get out of this material world of misery, where birth,death, old age and disease are rampant. We can start by simply chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantra with sincerity and faith, this will unlock the treasures of inquiry unto the Supreme Absolute Truth.

Written by Sankarshan Das


  1. asatyam apratiṣṭhaṁ te
    jagad āhur anīśvaram
    kim anyat kāma-haitukam

    Purport : Atheistic rascals think that there is no God and that the creation has taken place by chance, just as a man and woman meet by chance and the woman becomes pregnant and gives birth to a child. Actually, however, this is not the fact. The fact is that there is a purpose for this creation: to give the conditioned soul a chance to return to his original consciousness, Kṛṣṇa consciousness, and then return home, back to Godhead, and be completely happy in the spiritual world. In the material world the conditioned soul is given a chance to satisfy his senses, but at the same time he is informed by Vedic knowledge that this material world is not his actual place for happiness. Janma-mṛtyu-jarā-vyādhi-duḥkha-doṣānudarśanam (Bg. 13.9). One must stop the repetition of birth and death. Every human being, therefore, should take advantage of this creation by understanding Kṛṣṇa and his relationship with Kṛṣṇa and in this way return home, back to Godhead.


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