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The Goal of Human Life
Part - 1
Three things are essential for attaining our ultimate aim of divine bliss and God-realisation. First is the human body. In this human form, you can work towards your goal, and practice the spiritual discipline necessary for God-realisation. This is not possible in any other form of life. Yet, although we received this human body in innumerable past lives, we have not reach our goal. In fact, having a human form has caused us more harm than good. Why was this harm caused? It is so because in this life form we are bound to suffer or enjoy the fruit of our every action. This is not true for the other kinds of life forms. They are called bhog yoni, which means that in them we only reap the consequences of our accumulated past karmas (deeds), but cannot add to them through our present actions. However, the human form has both bhog and karma, which means that we suffer or enjoy the consequences of our past karmas, and add to them through our present actions.  
 
This human form is provided with the superior faculty of knowledge. If this knowledge is not applied in the right direction, it will turn with great speed in the wrong direction. Human beings can engage in all varieties of sins, such as stealing, telling lies or troubling others, and with such ability that no dog, cat or donkey can compete with them. What can a dog steal? At the very most, it can snatch an object and run while we watch it go. But humans have a far superior intellect, and so they steal from bank vaults. To commit sins also requires knowledge, just as the performance of good deeds does. The greater the knowledge we possess, the greater our ability to commit sin. So we have utilised the superior faculty of knowledge in this human form to commit infinite sins.

This human body is also considered the best of all species, as well as the worst! It is the best because it was in this form that Tulsi, Meera, Soor, Kabir, Nanak and Tukaram became great Saints. It is the worst because if you do not take the path to God-realisation, you will be forced to move down a wrong path. Why? You cannot exist without performing actions; your mind will be forced to keep working, and therefore, you cannot remain inactive even for a second. It stands to reason then, that if you are not progressing in the right direction, you will be forced to go in a wrong direction. From this perspective, the human body is the worst of all forms of life.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
10 April 2006
Rangeeli Mahal, Barsana
© Radha Govind Samiti
Part - 2
This human body is the first requirement in attaining our goal. The second requirement is proper association with the Guru. Not merely meeting the Guru, but properly associating with him. We met many Saints innumerable times in our infinite past lives, but we did not associate with them in the proper manner. We went to them, offered our obeisance, heard their lectures and even nodded our heads saying, "Yes! Yes! I understand," but we did not practically implement what they said. Instead, we kept our minds attached to the world. So the proper association with the Guru is required. Thus, the human form is the first necessity for attaining our goal (of God-realisation), and proper association with the Guru is the second.
 
The human form of life is received through the grace of God: kabahumka kari karuna nar dehi . . . (Ramayana) "Out of compassion, God sometimes awards the human body to someone." This is His first grace.  If we associate properly with the Guru, then this is His second grace. Without associating in the proper manner, it is equivalent to having fifty-six delicacies laid out before you, and not eating any.  If we simply sit before the food and stare at it, we will die of starvation.  If water is available but we refuse to drink it, we will die of thirst. Similarly, merely meeting a Saint will not help us; we must associate our mind with him. We must surrender to him; unite our intellect with his intellect.   
 
So these two graces have already been bestowed on all of you in the past. This is not your achievement. Ponder over this in private: what great deeds did you perform in this life that has resulted in you receiving this human form, and the correct knowledge of the scriptures? Did you do an in-depth study of the Vedas and other scriptures to acquire the knowledge that you possess? These were both given to you by the grace of God and Guru. Yet despite receiving these two graces, you still did not attain your goal. Therefore, there is a third grace - which is even more essential.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
10 April 2006
Rangeeli Mahal, Barsana
© Radha Govind Samiti


to be continued next week...
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