Ultimate aim of a human being is to attain salvation. To attain it, what is to be done? What is the meaning of life? There are plenty of questions raised when the subject matter salvation is talked about. Hinduism defines salvation in a more convincing manner. While Christianity calls everybody sinners. Islam says that whoever does not believe in Islam does not have the right to live. Hinduism says everybody is God’s children and according to the ‘Karma’, doings in your previous births, your life is shaped.
So, what is the way to shape your life in the next birth or attain ‘Moksha’, salvation, so that you can put an end to births and rebirths? In Srimad Bhagawad Gita Lord Krishna clearly says that submit unto me and I will take care of you.
In Bhagawad Gita, Chapter 18, Version 66, Lord Krishna says,
- Sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja
- aham tvam sarva-papebhyo moksayisyami ma sucah
- sarva-dharman—all varieties of religion
- mam—unto Me
- papebhyaḥ—from sinful reactions
Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reaction. Do not fear.
Lord Krishna says, Don’t worry I will help you, just surrender and make the absolute submission unto me. Supreme Lord Krishna reveals the essence of all knowledge, which is the most confidential of all that is confidential. Relinquishing all conceptions of religiosity and by indomitable faith, complete salvation and redemption will come naturally through bhakti and loving devotion towards the Supreme Lord. By this determined conviction, nothing else is required or necessary. The Supreme Lord Himself promises moksa or liberation to such devotees.
Realising the paramount position of the Supreme Lord Krishna as the absolute creator, maintainer, protector and sustainer of all creation, one who is spiritually intelligent should incessantly attune themselves to adoring Him with exclusive loving devotion. With such commitment of mind, speech and actions, which is more precious and excellent than any other, one should surrender themselves completely unto Him.
One should simply accept the principles that can lead ultimately to the devotional service of the Supreme Lord. One may perform a particular occupational duty according to his position in the social order, but if by executing his duty one does not submit to the almighty, all his activities are in vain.
Anything that does not lead to the perfectible stage of eternal consciousness should be avoided. One should be confident that in all circumstances the Supreme Lord will protect him from all difficulties. There is no need of thinking how one should keep the body and soul together. The almighty will see to that. One should always think himself helpless and should consider the Lord as the only basis for his progress in life.
As soon as one seriously engages himself in the devotional service to the Lord with full consciousness, at once he becomes freed from all contamination of the material nature. There are different processes of religion and purification processes. Cultivation of knowledge, meditation in the mystic yoga system, etc., but one who submit himself absolutely, does not have to execute so many methods. One can thus make all the progresses and be freed from all sinful reaction.
Realising the truth of life is possible only when you understand the complications of birth and death cycle. When we submit absolutely and believe that whatever happens is because of the Supreme Lord and realise that nothing can happen without his knowledge, then comes the time where all the happiness and the sufferings are not at all a subject matter to you.
When one gains this absolute knowledge, then comes the real happiness which is eternal. In our short life in earth, we have to understand the purpose of life and be kind towards the living beings who co-exist. The realisation of the supreme knowledge can bring meaning to the life. It can bring joy and happiness to life. At the end when the time comes to leave this planet, we can leave without any disappointment and that is what is called salvation.
The love and affection towards everyone, satisfaction with what we have, having a mind to forgive and forget, the determination to help the needy and the absolute submission towards the creator, preserver and the destroyer. The eternal bliss of oneness with the nature, all these can be experienced in life when we realise the truth of life, purpose of life, meaning of life.