Seeking the Ultimate Meaning of Human Life

The Gita takes the approach that the seeker eventually can reach whatever the goal may be of his seeking. Those who follow any of the traditional paths of religion or spiritual development will tend to progress toward, and eventually achieve, the goal that their specific religious teaching sets before them. This approach validates each of the religions, and provides an opportunity for everyone to choose the path and focus suited to their current stage of evolutionary development.

Many religious traditions focus on achievement of certain ethical and moral perfections with the eventual goal of reaching a heaven of enjoyment in a future life that makes up for the suffering, struggles and setbacks experienced in the current human lifetime. The achievements however are temporary and eventually, until we work out the ultimate meaning of human existence, we are left with a return to the world eventually to take up the process once again.

Sri Aurobindo explains: “This firm belief in a Beyond and this seeking of a diviner world secures to the soul inits passing the strength to attain to the joys of heaven on which its faith and seeking were centred: but the return to mortal existence imposes itself because the true aim of the existence has not been found and realised.”

At some point there comes a recognition that the ultimate meaning of life is not to be found in an escape from it: “Here and not elsewhere the highest Godhead has to be found, the soul’s divine nature developed out of the imperfect physical human nature and through unity with God and man and universe the whole large truth of being discovered and lived and made visibly wonderful. That completes the long cycle of our becoming and admits us to a supreme result; that is the opportunity given to the soul by the human birth and, until that is accomplished, it cannot cease. The God-lover advances constantly towards this ultimate necessity of our birth in cosmos through a concentrated love and adoration by which he makes the supreme and universal Divine the whole object of his living–not either egoistic terrestrial satisfaction or the celestial worlds–and the whole object of his thought and his seeing.”

Such a seeker finds the fulfilment and perfection of life in all its aspects.

Sri Aurobindo, Essays on the Gita, Second Series, Part I, Chapter 6, Works, Devotion and Knowledge, pp. 316-317