The Goal of life

The state of kaivalya, oneness

W hen man understands even by way of inference the true nature of this creation, the true relation existing between this creation and himself; and when he further understands that he is completely blinded by the influence of Darkness, Maya, and that it is the bondage of Darkness alone which makes him forget his real Self and brings about all his sufferings, he naturally wishes to be relieved from all these evils. This relief from evil, or liberation from the bondage of Maya, becomes the prime object of his life.

Residing in Self is liberation

When man raises himself above the idea creation of this Darkness, Maya, and passes completely out of its influence, he becomes liberated from bondage and is placed in his real Self, the Eternal Spirit.

Liberation is salvation

On attaining this liberation, man becomes saved from all his troubles, and all the desires of his heart are fulfilled, so the ultimate aim of his life is accomplished.

Otherwise, birth after birth, man experiences the misery of unfulfilled desires.

Why man suffers

So long, however, as man identifies himself with his material body and fails to find repose in his true Self, he feels his wants according as his heart‘s desires remain unsatisfied. To satisfy them he has to appear often in flesh and blood on the stage of life, subject to the influence of Darkness, Maya, and has to suffer all the troubles of life and death not only in the present but in the future as well.

Troubles are born from Avidya, Ignorance. Ignorance is the perception of the nonexistent, and the nonperception of the Existent.

The root of pain is egoistic actions, which (being based on delusions) lead to misery.

Why man is bound

By the influence of these five troubles — Ignorance, Egoism, Attachment, Aversion, and Tenacity to the material Creation — man is induced to involve himself in egoistic works and in consequence he suffers.

The real necessities

Man naturally feels great necessity for Sat, Existence; Chit, Consciousness: and Ananda, Bliss. These three are the real necessities of the human heart and have nothing to do with anything outside his Self. They are essential properties of his own nature…

How man attains Bliss

When man becomes fortunate in securing the favor of any divine personage, Sat-Guru (the Savior), and affectionately following his holy precepts is able to direct all his attention inward, he becomes capable of satisfying all the wants of his heart and can thereby gain contentment, Ananda, the Real Bliss.

How main object of the heart is attained

All the necessities of the heart— Sat, Existence; Chit, Consciousness: and Ananda, Bliss — having been attained, Ignorance, the mother of evils, becomes emaciated and consequently all troubles of this material world, which are the sources of all sorts of sufferings, cease forever. Thus the ultimate aim of the heart is effected.

All fulfillments of his nature attained, man is not merely a reflector of divine light but becomes actively united with Spirit. This state is kaivalya, oneness.