130Arise, attain, serve
- Sep 1, 2002We must not create a wall between our worldly and spiritual lives.
People disorganized in their worldly life search for spiritual wisdom
in seclusion; whereas, if organized properly, they can have all the
means and resources that are of utmost importance for spiritual
enlightenment. The purpose of human life is to make the best use of
the resources that nature or God has given us.
There are typically two kinds of people. Some are involved in the
world and are busy in their self-centered activities. Others renounce
their families and do not participate in worldly life at all. There
are very few people who use discrimination, work hard for their self-
fulfillment, and at the same time, contribute to the welfare of
society. People belonging to these two categories have an incomplete
world view, and therefore, strive for their limited goals.
In our modern age, where the standard of living has been facilitated
by science and technology, we must learn to make the best use of our
ample resources. A lifestyle that is suitable for both worldly
fulfillment and spiritual enlightenment is the best.
Those who strive to attain personal enlightenment and help others
light their lamps are the true leaders of the human race. Blessed are
those who are useful for themselves as well as others. They attain
the highest goal of life here and now. Right in this mortal world,
they become immortal and their wisdom guides humanity on the path of
Today's society is waiting for selfless, spiritually enlightened,
well-balanced leaders to guide them in how to live happily here and
hereafter. Such leaders or reformers will not come from outside our
society. They have to be born, raised, and trained right in our own
society. We are the ones to become our own guides, our own leaders,
and we are the ones to enlighten our own lives.
Get up, my friends, arise: attain knowledge, and dedicate your life
to the service of your fellow beings.
A Call to Humanity