Reaching Our Ultimate Goal (the Purpose of Life)

We need to speak the truth with love and love the truth with all our heart, mind, and soul. The “truth” is the Wisdom of Consciousness.

The “Wisdom of Consciousness” is not an objective reality separate from ourselves. The Wisdom of Consciousness is realized only when we are fully conscious and conscientious. We have to be aware of what is right and wrong and deliberately choose what is right.

Some people will say that “right and wrong” are subjective concepts; but this is not true. They are not subjective concepts; they are known by the pure subjective consciousness and objectified by the human intellect, and expressed through the human mind in conjunction with the senses and the physical body.

Atman (Pure Consciousness) knows the Truth, because Atman is eternal and unchangeable. When Atman comes in contact with the body, mind and senses it is in a state of bondage in the form of the unenlightened Jiva (living Self). In other words, when Purush (the Spirit-Self) is united with Prakriti, then Atman is manifested as Jivatman and thence commences the Journey of Life, the Sport of Creation, the Drama of the World, the Play of Light and Darkness, Good and Evil, Ignorance and Enlightenment, Bondage and Liberation.

The Truth is unclear only to the unenlightened mind. When the mind is inundated with Wisdom and that wisdom is put into practice through the body and senses under the direction of the pure creative intelligence, then (and only then) does the mind become fully enlightened. In other words, we need to use our power of discernment (higher intellect) to guide the mind to make right choices and do good actions, based on the knowledge we have acquired. If we acquire knowledge but don’t use it, we will lose it. If we know what is right but choose what is wrong, we will suffer injustice at the hands of our own ego. If we “know better” but don’t do better, our life will not get better but only worse.

Where do we go to learn Wisdom? We have to go to the Wise; we cannot rely on the mind that is a prisoner of ego and images, because that mind will twist the truth to satisfy its images. “Going to the Wise” simply means directing our mind to the Vedic teachings. By studying the Vedic teachings we fill the mind with Vedic ideals, and we are prompted to fulfill those ideals by actualizing them in our daily life.

A human being always acts (sooner or later) according to what they have in mind. This is the Law of Karma. We can change our destiny by taking control of our mind. If we do not take control of our mind, our mind will think according to its previous impressions and will repeat or compliment the actions that created those impressions. In other words, we will repeat our mistakes (or create new ones) if we don’t intercede and take control of our mind. This is part of the challenge of life. If we are going to play the Game of Life to win (and be Liberated), we have to meet the challenges head-on. If we lose our head in the excitements and thrills of temporary pleasures and ego-based relationships, we can end up sidelined in life and never reach our Ultimate Goal.

Our goal is to become completely selfless (completely free of false ego), and thus directly perceive ourselves as absolutely free. This perception is made only by the living self in possession of a pure, enlightened, mind. If we are possessed by our mind we cannot “be our Self” and realize the Presence of the Supreme Self.

When we are completely free of our false identity (which is supported by images in the mind), we are completely at ease and directly realize our Essence: the Self of our Self, the Soul of our Soul, the Supreme Soul (Paramatman), the Supreme Creator (Parabrahma), the Ultimate Reality, the Ultimate Goal.

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