Our constitutional position

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We, as sentient beings endowed with intelligence, often come upon the question of our purpose in life and what is life actually meant for. Indeed one should be inquisitive about this, and one who is not concerned about these important questions has been described as a two-legged animal in the Shastras.

The answers to all these questions have been given in the shastras, which have been compared to one’s mother who gives the jivas the knowledge about the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the father of one and all. One can only know factually about their father through the evidence and statements of the mother, similarly, the jivas can know about their father and master, the Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna, only through the authority and statements of the Shastras. In the Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita it has been said:

jīvera ‘svarūpa’ haya — kṛṣṇera ‘nitya-dāsa’
kṛṣṇera ‘taṭasthā-śakti’ ‘bhedābheda-prakāśa’

It is the living entity’s constitutional position to be an eternal servant of Kṛṣṇa because he is the marginal energy of Kṛṣṇa and a manifestation simultaneously one with and different from the Lord.

The jivas are the eternal servants of the Lord and service to the Lord is their one and only true dharma, or purpose in life. Due to being the marginal potency of the Lord the jivas, who are infinitesimal parts and parcels of the Lord, are prone to fall under the spell of Maya and in such a fallen situation, the purpose of life is to reestablish one’s constitutional position as the eternal servant of the Lord. We must therefore understand the importance of realising our relationship with the Lord and all our endeavours must be directed towards this one and only goal of life.