How to achieve the Real Goal of human life in today’s world?

Goal!

What is a Goal?

A goal is any desired result people set for themselves. It is important to set goals in order to succeed in any endeavor. Not setting goals in life is like undertaking a journey without knowing the destination. After all life is a journey.

What are common Goals?

People set short-term and long-term goals. Some set up retirement goals. Some set up financial goals. Of course there are goals organizations set up for their employees. Goals may be daily, weekly, fortnightly, yearly and so on.

What should be our Real Goal?

All around us, we see our world besotted with hatred, jealousy, disease, temptation, etc. There is immense misery in the world around us. One of the main reasons for this misery is wrong goals.

“I want to make a million dollars by the time I am 30”, “Holiday in Hawaii”, “I want to have lunch with Leonardo Dicaprio”, these are the goals of some people today. They invest their time in pursuing these goals. It is not surprising that there is so much of misery around.

Our five senses are there to guide us through our life in this world. They are excellent guidance systems. Today most of the goals of people all over the world are centered on pleasing their senses. Nature does not tolerate this. This is not evolutionary. This is the cause of most of the miseries in today’s world.

For one’s life to be fulfilling, the goal should be evolutionary. The goal should be spiritual. Of course it is also important to attend to our duties. We are born in a world which demands that we undertake certain activities, like working to earn.

My spiritual Master Shri P Rajagopalachari says, “As a bird needs two wings to fly, so a human being needs the two wings of existence, the spiritual and the material, to lead a natural and harmonious life. If either is neglected for the other, such a life becomes unnatural and the result cannot be what we desire it to be. Spirituality provides the way to restore this balance within ourself.”

So while we may have our short-term goals to guide our material life, our long-term goal should always be God-realization, also known as Self-realization. This has been the call of saints all over the world.

God is all pervasive

God

One indisputable fact is that God is our creator. He created us in His own image. Now this has caused a great deal of confusion in the minds of people all over the world. people, instead of realizing His presence through dedicated spiritual practice under the guidance of a capable spiritual Master, have created Gods in their own image

This has resulted in many idols of various deities. And people worship these idols. There is a saying, which is an undeniable truth that we become what we meditate upon. If we want to realize God, we should meditate upon Him.

Now how to meditate upon God? Where is He? Realized souls of the past have said that he is omnipresent (all pervasive). How to meditate upon Him? For this we need the help of a fellow human being who has realized God himself. Such a person can be a spiritual Master.

Spiritual Master

Spiritual master

A spiritual master is a human being like us. To be more precise, he has the form of a human being. He has a body and a mind. But the difference between a spiritual Master and an ordinary human being is the inner condition.

A spiritual Master would have achieved merger with God. He leads a normal life like you and me, but He would be divinized. How to find such a Master? Because his outer form will not be different from other human beings. Most of the spiritual masters were not highly educated. They led very ordinary lives.

The onus of selecting a spiritual guide is entirely on the spiritual aspirant. However, my Master gives a hint. He says that when you sit next to a spiritual Master, your heart will experience peace. You may test the person. Once you are convinced you follow Him.

The Way

The Way

Having set the right goal, the next step is to follow the way towards the goal. The easiest way is to obey your spiritual Master. He would have traveled the way and would definitely know better than you. Unquestioning obedience is the key to success in this endeavor.

Sahaj Marg (natural way or simple way) system of Raja Yoga meditation offered by Shri Ram Chandra Mission seeks to take the seeker to the highest goal of human life, that is God Realization or Self Realization.

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Importance of the right way

It is very important to follow the right way. While choosing a spiritual Master, it is advisable to choose one who offers the right method of spiritual training. The effective method is that which is simple and nature.

My spiritual guide Shri P Rajagopalachari says that God is simple and the way to reach Him must also be simple. One should not use a hydraulic crane to pick up a needle. After practicing the method, you should feel lightness in your heart. Your enthusiasm should increase. These are some features of an effective method of spiritual training.

Right method of spiritual practice should nourish your body, mind and soul

Body, mind and soul

A human being has three bodies: gross body (sthoola sharir), astral body or the mind (sookshma sharir) and causal body or the soul (karana sharira). It is the duty of each and every human being to live life in such a way that each of these bodies are nurtured and strengthened.

To nurture and strengthen the gross body, it is important to eat good food and to exercise regularly. While eating food, remember Him. Your body should support your soul and mind till you reach the real goal of human life.

To nurture and strengthen your mind, you need to be happy, irrespective of your circumstances. It is advisable to read good books and to listen to good music. Challenge your mind by undertaking tough tasks.

To do this you will get enough opportunities in today’s competitive, result-driven world. Pursue your hobbies. Whatever you may do, do it with passion. Put your heart in all your actions.

It is beyond the average human being to nurture his/her soul. Soul is nourished when it comes in contact with the Divine. For this you need the assistance of a spiritual Master. Follow the spiritual practice regularly with love, devotion, sincerity and dedication.

Live your life by the principles laid down by your spiritual master. Never comprise on integrity in your work. Speak the truth naturally. Practice empathy, because essentially there is no difference between on human being and another.

Donate to charities in the spirit of sharing what is God’s. There should be no ego behind charity. That can be destructive. Work hard and earn money, but ensure that you are not attached to your wealth.

It is very important to earn through honest means. Because otherwise, you will not have peace of mind and you will become sick, physically and mentally. Some people believe that you should give up all your wealth to be a spiritual aspirant. This is not true.

Joy of renunciation

Experience the real joy of life by praying for your fellow beings!

What is renunciation?

My spiritual guide says that you may earn millions, but should never be attached to it. Today you need money to survive in today’s world. You need food, clothing and shelter. All these cost money. The key is to think that they are not yours, but Gods. It is very important to remember that you are using them. Once you start thinking they are your’s, all the problems begin.

The real goal of human life should be God and God alone. To achieve this goal, you need the assistance of a capable spiritual Master. You can achieve the goal by following your Master and by taking care of your body, mind and soul.

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manatita44 3 years ago from london

Too true.

Add a way to meditate for those who may not wish to follow a Teacher. In this busy world, humans can be very individualistic. Present the ideal, true, but break it down. It is better to begin than to stand still. Great article.


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someonewhoknows 3 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

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"Our five senses are there to guide us through our physical life in this world. They are excellent guidance systems. Today most of the goals of people all over the world are centered on pleasing their senses. Nature does not tolerate this. This is not evolutionary. This is the cause of most of the miseries in today’s world."

A little too simplistic for my sense of reality.

First you say the five senses are excellent guidance systems then you contradict that by saying that nature does not tolerate this.

I agree that materialism in and of itself is not the ultimate goal in life and the five senses are only excellent when pursuing materialistic goals. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think that's what you meant to say.

When you say "Nature" do you mean spiritual nature or the nature of the physical world?

If,you mean the physical world then I think that is true with respect to our fellow human beings and how we treat each other.


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srirad0675 3 years ago Author

Dear http://manatita44.hubpages.com/,

Thank you. Glad that you liked the article. To the best of my knowledge, safe spiritual progress, assured spiritual progress is possible only under the guidance of a capable spiritual master.


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srirad0675 3 years ago Author

Dear http://someonewhoknows.hubpages.com/,

There is no contradiction in my statement. I have written, "Our five senses are there to guide us through our physical life in this world. They are excellent guidance systems. Today most of the goals of people all over the world are centered on pleasing their senses. Nature does not tolerate this". Nature does not tolerate human beings using their senses to seek pleasure.


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someonewhoknows 3 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

What you are really saying is seeking pleasure alone is not the end goal in life.I agree with that.If,it were not for pleasure though through things like the sexual act there wouldn't likely be procreation.At least not at the rate that it happens. Then the pleasure of touch can bring people together if only in a rudimentary way at first.

The real goal of life is to learn everything there is to know in the physical world.Then we can move together into another reality.


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manatita44 3 years ago from london

That's fine, Someone Who Knows. Then write a piece for yourself. The Hub creators views may not be as it seems or you try to suggest.


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someonewhoknows 3 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

Just want to be clear on what the author was trying to convey using simplified terminology and concepts.


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manatita44 3 years ago from london

Ok. My apologies. Still, your last two lines are very factual statements rather than asking. Srirod seems to be quite clear on what he pursues:

"The real goal of human life should be God and God alone" He says.

While he acknowledges the senses, he seems to take the goal further. But again, this is just one view. He has told me that "assured spiritual progress is possible only under the guidance of a capable spiritual master". I don't agree. Still, I felt that this is where he is at, and so I did not challenge. Hope that all is well. We all mean well here, I suppose.


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srirad0675 3 years ago Author

Absolutely http://hubpages.com/@manatita44 :-) We all mean well here.


ronnyvanspaandonk 2 years ago

I lately read about this things and I find it very interresting But some influenceaal people wont want that . I think these things are important to the

people. What should I do!!!


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srirad0675 2 years ago Author

In these matters you need to follow your heart.

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