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SB 1.2 - The aim of life

Kṛṣṇa expands Himself into innumerable forms. Such expansion of forms is possible by His various energies. His expansions of various forms which take place via the superior internal energies are superior forms, whereas the expansions which take place via the external energies are inferior forms. The living entities who are expanded by His internal potency are eternally liberated persons, whereas those expanded in terms of the material energies are eternally conditioned souls. Therefore all culture of knowledge, austerities, sacrifice and activities should be aimed at changing the quality of influence acting upon us. In the Bhagavad gītā it is said that the mahatmas are under the influence of the internal potency, and they engage in the service of the Lord without deviation. That should be the aim of life. Everyone should engage in the service of the Lord without bothering about karma or jñāna. Nor should one worship the different demigods, who are all simply the assisting hands of the Supreme Lord. Lord Viṣṇu, though in charge of the mode of goodness in the material world is still transcendentally situated. Just as a king may sometimes visit a prison but is never bound by the laws of prison, similarly the Lord is always transcendental to the laws of the material world.

Śrīdhara Svāmī states that understanding Vāsudeva is the purpose of the Vedas. If someone asks, ‘Don’t the Vedas describe various yajñas?’ he assures us because all Vedic methods actually aim at Vāsudeva, all sacrifices are performed to please Him. Anticipating the question ‘Don’t the yoga-śāstras describe only yogic activities?” he says that yogic activities are employed to attain Vāsudeva. If someone asks ‘Don’t the jñāna-śāstras describe transcendental knowledge?’, the text here asserts that Vāsudeva is the highest transcendental knowledge. What was said of knowledge may also be said of austerity. In answer to the question ‘Don’t the dharma-śāstras describe pious acts by which one attains Svarga?’ this text says these results ultimately depend on Lord Vāsudeva, because the heavenly planets are manifest from a tiny portion of His transcendental bliss.