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What is the Purpose of This World?

My question is What is the purpose of this world? Why has God created it? And if god has created it then everything happening is HIS wish. So why all this going on??? Why few people love god and have faith in him and why others give all kinds of logic’s that they are born in this world and doing (karma for self) what has God made them for!

“Please clarify my questions. I have faith in Krishna ji and want that the lord help me in keeping his name and faith in me for ever and I’ll grow step by step towards Him.”

Thank you very much for the nice question, “What is the purpose of this world? Why has God created it?” It is something that bewilders many people. The key to understanding the purpose of the world is that God, Krishna, has given us a limited amount of independence. He lets us act as we like. But at the same time we are responsible for our activities. So in actuality, although the hand of God is behind the creation of this world, it is actually created by us, not God.

This material world is created to give us, the souls who want to be happy independently from God, a place to live. Here in the material world our intelligence is covered by “maya,” illusion, and we are trying to become the lord and master of the world. We are forgetful of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and instead of surrendering to Him and serving Him we are trying to get others to surrender to us and serve us. We want to be God. We want to be the master. But actually we can not be God, we are constitutionally very small and God, Krishna, is very great. This is eternally true. God is always God and we are always servants of God.

But because we want to be God, God has created this material world to allow us to “play God.” So, covered by maya, we are thinking we are the Lord and master of this world. So this material world is created by God to enable us to fulfill our desire to “play God.” So this world is created by OUR desire NOT God’s desire.

God is not forcing us to think in a particular way. We have a little independence and if we choose to try and be happy separate from God there has to be somewhere for us to go. There is no question of being separate from God in the Kingdom of God, the Spiritual World, so Krishna, God has created this material kingdom so we can become the King here…

But we can not be happy separate from God. Our constitutional, natural position is to serve God. So even though there seems to be so many pleasurable things in the material world, none of them are truly satisfying. This is because we are spiritual by nature therefore no material pleasure can actually satisfy us.

So there is actually no real pleasure in this material world at all. The actual pleasure is in the spiritual world. Krishna confirms in the Bhagavad-gita (8.16) that this world is a place of misery where repeated birth and death are going on:

abrahma-bhuvanal lokah
punar avartino ‘rjuna
mam upetya tu kaunteya
punar janma na vidyate

From the highest planet in the material world down to the lowest, all are places of misery wherein repeated birth and death take place. But one who attains to My abode, O son of Kunti, never takes birth again.

So this material world, created by God, Krishna, to enable us to fulfill our desire to be “happy” separate from God IS a place of misery. There is no happiness here. The happiness is in the spiritual world, the Kingdom of God, where everyone is engaged in their natural constitutional position as a servant of God.

The suffering and pain of this world should serve as a reminder to us that this material world is not a nice place, it is not our home. Our home is in the spiritual world, the Kingdom of God…

So a thoughtful person will see the sufferings of this world and ask the question: “Is there a way to end the suffering?” and such questions are the beginning of spiritual life and the beginning of actual human life. The Vedanta Sutra begins with ahato brahma jijnasa, “In the human form of life one should question about spirit [brahman].”

We have this human form of life and it is a very valuable facility for making spiritual advancement. We should see this material world for what it is, a place of suffering where we can not be happy, and use our time and energy here to reestablish our forgotten relationship with God, Krishna. That is the real purpose of life. It is completely pointless to try and make arrangements to live comfortably here in the material world. It is not possible to be comfortable here. We can see science, medicine and technology have advanced so much over the past 100 years, but we are no happier than the people were 100 years ago. In fact with so much stress, so many new diseases, so much pollution and so much violence in our society, we are probably more disturbed and unhappy than our ancestors were 100 years ago…

Even though the scientists, the doctors, the politicians, the economists, etc. have worked very hard to make this world a happy, comfortable place, every day it becomes a more uncomfortable, intolerable place…

We can not improve our “standard of life.” We are all destined to suffer a certain amount and enjoy a certain amount because of our karma [reactions to the actions we have performed in this and pervious lives]. That karma is fixed and cannot be changed by any type of technological advancement. So the doctors and the scientists may eliminate one type of suffering but because we are destined to suffer due to our karma that suffering will appear in a different way…

So the Vedic way of life is “plain living and high thinking.” We should live simply, so we can provide our body with the necessary food to maintain it and use our time and energy to develop Krishna consciousness so at the time of death we will think of Krishna and go back home, back to Godhead, the Kingdome of God, the spiritual world. Then we will be really happy.

yam yam vapi smaran bhavam
tyajaty ante kalevaram
tam tam evaiti kaunteya
sada tad-bhava-bhavitah

Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his body, that state he will attain without fail.

The easiest way to make sure we remember Krishna at the time of death is to organize our life so we can remember Krishna all the time. And in this age the process particularly recommended for that is chanting the Hare Krishna maha mantra

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare

Thanks for the nice question. Please write if you have more questions.

Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

Madhudvisa dasa

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17 Responses to What is the Purpose of This World?

  1. Anu says:

    thank you for the article. i like it. god bless you.

  2. Nailesh Joshi Das says:

    Hare Krishna Dandvat Pranam.
    Please accept my humble obeisances.
    All glories to Srila Prabhupada & All glories to Srila Guru & Gauranga.
    Hare Krishna Prabhu ji,
    I am not receiving your mercy through your posting mails from 21st Oct 2014. Is there any mistake done by me? Please accept my humble obeisances & keep flowring your mercy through your mails you are sending me.

    Hare Krishna,
    Your Insignificant servent,
    Nailesh G Joshi.,

    • Hare Krishna Nailesh

      I am very sorry. I have not been able to write many emails recently but will try to write more soon.

      In the meantime PLEASE READ SRILA PRABHUPADA’S Books. They are much better than my emails.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  3. rohit says:

    i want to ask why krishna stop us from enjoying..and second thing is there r so many human beings who r just surving they r working hard for a single bread then how u can u say that human life is given to us so that we can remember krishna and then we go to spiritual can u expect from that person who is living in a forest area to rembember krishna whose whole time goes in search of food by god has not given all equal opportinity to all ..and baghwad gita is not available to everyone why not god has given a single source more powerful to the humans so their belief can be more stonger then as now. many people including me want to know what if there is no world like siritual world and only this is the real world.every religion has its own theory so how u expect us to believe in gita 100 %. and the most important question is they say there are 84 lac yoni in which we have to take body.but as we see many animals r going to be extinct now the 84 lac yoni is decreasing..please reply me so that my faith can become more stronger. i waiting for the reply thank u !!

    • There is no enjoyment in the material world, only suffering. The only way we can enjoy is by surrendering to Krishna and serving Krishna. That is what we are, servants of Krishna. We can not do anything else and be happy. The only way we can be happy is by surrendering to Krishna and serving Krishna. There is no alternative to this.

      And yes. Not all people are born equal. Some have a better chance of coming to spiritual life than others, but that is because of their work in previous lives. Our existence is continual from one birth to the next. So what we do in the previous births has an effect on our current situation. So if we were cultivating spiritual life in our previous births then in this life we will have a better chance at it than one who was not cultivating it in his previous births.

      But Lord Caitanya is so merciful that everyone can very easily take to Krishna consciousness simply by chanting:

      Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
      Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

      So chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  4. Nutan chohan says:

    Did Lord krishna create us? Do we believe in evolution?

  5. Apoorv says:

    Hare krishna

    You mentioned that krishna created this material world for us to play so why did he created cycle of life and death we could have one life with wish death or something why he want us to die and born again?

    You said we wanted to live seperate from krishna before creation but before creation we didint have materail body with desire so how did we have that desire in us before creation because we were not created at that time so how we thought of that desire and in what form?

    Also if i worship lord krishna the entire life but killed by a animal for example and while dying I think of that animal will i born again as animal?what about the entire life of devotion and serving the lord?

    Please answer hare krishna

    • Hare Krishna Apoorv

      You do not seem to understand that you are not the material body, you are the spirit soul within the body. You are the spiritual entity, the spiritual soul, you are nothing to do with the material body, the material world or the material creation. You are spiritual, not material.

      So you, in this sense, share the same qualities as Krishna. As Krishna is eternal, Krishna is never born and Krishna never dies, so you are also eternal, you are never born and you never die. The difference is Krishna is unlimitedly great and we are unlimitedly small. But the quality of Krishna and the quality of us as spirit souls is the same.

      So there was never a time when you did not exist and there will never be a time in the future when you cease to exist.

      So you exist always, so obviously you existed before the material creation and you will continue to exist once the material world is annihilated.

      You have a limited amount of independence. So you can choose if you want to serve Krishna or if you want to try to become the lord and master, the enjoyer yourself. So you have that independence at all times. At any time you can develop the desire to become the enjoyer yourself and reject the idea of surrendering to and serving Krishna. So at that point you come to the material world.

      But this is not your constitutional position. Our only purpose is to serve Krishna. We have no other purpose. We are part and parcel of Krishna, just like the finger is part and parcel of my body. It would be insane for the finger to think that it can go off and enjoy separately from the rest of the body. No. The only way the finger can enjoy is if it serves the whole body. Because the nourishment and sustenance of the finger depends on the health of the entire body. So the finger has to serve the body by taking the food and supplying it to the mouth. In this way, by supplying the food to the mouth, the finger is also completely satisfied and nourished.

      So we are like the finger, we are part and parcel of Krishna and our happiness and sustenance is completely dependent on us satisfying and serving Krishna. If Krishna is satisfied by our service then we will be happy. If Krishna is not satisfied by our service then we will be miserable. That is our constitutional position, there is nothing we can do to change that.

      So in the material world we are actually out of our natural constitutional position. We are like fish out of water. So there is no way you can make a fish happy out of water. The only way you can make a fish happy is to put him back in the water. There is no other way. So we, as spirit souls, can never be happy in the material world. It is not possible at all. That is why Krishna describes the material world as a place of miseries where there is repeated birth and death in the Bhagavad-gita. No one can be happy here in the material world, it is a place of miseries and we are forced to die. You can not be happy here.

      It is only maya, illusion, the idea that we can be happy in the material world.

      If you worship Krishna for your entire life, well Krishna consciousness is more than worshiping Krishna for your entire life. Krishna consciousness means always remembering Krshna, never forgetting Krishna. So if you are actually Krishna conscious all your life you will never forget Krishna, even if a tiger comes and eat you you will still be thinking of Krishna as the tiger eats you. So you will go back home back to Godhead. This is Krishna consciousness. Never forgetting Krishna. Even if a tiger is eating you.

      This is a science we have to learn and the process to attain this Krishna consciousness Srila Prabhupada has very nicely described in his many books. We need to read Srila Prabhupada’s books and take advantage of the science of Krishna consciousness and get out of the illusion of maya and realize that this material world is not our home and that we can not be happy here and become Krishna conscious and go back home, back to Godhead…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • Apoorv says:

        Thanks for giving time to answer my question but I meant that before creation we were parts of krishna , and krishna is eternal and supreme personality so how we being a part krishna had desires in us,like to be given a separate identity and to play god, main question is how can krishna be jealous of himself and ask him to create a world to play god.

        • Hare Krishna Apoorv

          You don’t understand and really we can not understand these spiritual things without becoming spiritual ourselves. So realistically the only way you will be able to understand these things is if you become Krishna conscious yourself and the process to become Krishna conscious starts with reading Srila Prabhupada’s books every day, chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily and strictly following the four regulative principles: no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication. If you truly want to understand Krishna and Krishna consciousness then the only way is to surrender to these things and actually do them.

          We are always, eternally parts and parcels of Krishna, that never changes. But we always have a separate identity to Krishna. It is not that Krishna has given us a separate identity at some point in time. We are eternally separate identities to Krishna. We are always different personalities to Krishna. We are never one with Krishna in this sense. We are always different persons to Krishna. Krishna is the one original Supreme Personality of Godhead but we are also eternal individual persons who have separate individual personalities to Krishna.

          So as we and Krishna are different persons and as Krishna has given us a limited amount of independence then that means at any point of time we can use that independence correctly and choose to surrender to Krishna, to love Krishna, to serve Krishna, or we can reject Krishna and we can develop the desire to become like Krishna ourselves. Now we can have that desire, but we can never actually become like Krishna, because Krishna is unlimiedly great and we are unlimitedly small. So the position of the small is to worship the great. There is no way of changing this. So because we are small then our natural, eternal constitutional position is to serve the great, Krishna.

          So we can never actually become like Krishna, we can never become great, we will always be small. That is our eternal constitutional position. We will always be tiny and Krishna will always be unlimitedly great.

          So to enable us to live out or dreams to become like Krishna to some extent Krishna has very mercifully created this material world and he has created his maha-maya which bewilders us and covers our intelligence and enables us to think and believe that we can become the master, we can become the enjoyer. But this is only an illusion, it is only maya. Actually we will only be miserable, we will only suffer, as long as we do not surrender to Krishna…

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

  6. sundeep says:

    hare krishna prabhu. . .
    every thing was well explained. . but why do we wanted to separate from god?

    • Hare Krishna Sandeep

      We are part and parcel of God, Krishna. So we have all the qualities of Krishna but in a very small quantity. So Krishna is the Supreme Controller, Krishna is the master, and we are His servants. But we also have this tendency to want to become the master and the tendency to want to control. Although constitutionally we are servants. We have to serve, there is no possibility of us actually becoming the controller and master.

      But sometimes the living entities, because of misused of the little independence they have been given by Krishna, want to become the master and controller, just like Krishna. That is not possible of course, because Krishna is eternally Supreme and we are eternally His servants. But out of His unlimited mercy, to fulfill the desires of these rebellious living entities, Krishna creates this material world and the ‘maya’ potency that gives the living entities the ability to forget that they are eternal servants of Krishna and gives them the illusion that they can become the lord and master.

      So although it is not possible for us to ever become the lord and master, here in the material world, because of maya, the illusory bewildering energy, we are fooled into thinking that we can become the lord and master. But our every attempt in this direction becomes ultimately frustrated so eventually, after many, many births, a thoughtful living entity realizes that he is an eternal servant of Krishna.

      So it is like that, we separated from Krishna because of misuse of our independence. Our relationship with Krishna is one of love. And love means the lover has to be free to not love the person. So we have the choice of serving Krishna in love and devotion or coming here to the material world and suffering repeated birth and death…

      So when someone misuses their independence they are choosing not to love Krishna so they are then transferred here, to the material world…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  7. Shriya says:

    Krishna said “whoever thinks of me at the time of death will come to me, there is no doubt in this”

    Hare Krishna!

  8. Uday says:

    Madhudvisa Das ji,
    Is it guaranteed that if we join Iskcon and follow the rules of it perfectly we will go to spiritual world after leaving this body and no more come back into this material world.. if that is so i will surely join.. Its too much suffering here. please instruct me prabhuji..

  9. yasha says:

    I have recently started chanting the krishna mahamantra on the jaap mala, but sometimes in between i feel like crying & sometimes mind gets diverted to so many other things as i am married recently so i have other responsibilities as well. Can u please guide me what and how i have to do to come out of it?

    • Hare Krishna Yasha

      The secret to chanting the Hare Krishna mantra is to KEEP CHANTING. Make a vow to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily and stick to it.

      In the beginning you may feel like you are in transcendental bliss one day chanting and the next day your mind may be completely disturbed and you can not concentrate on the Hare Krishna mantra and it seems like a great chore to try and chant Hare Krishna. But KEEP CHANTING.

      It is only by this determination to keep chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily that we will get through the trials and tribulations of life in the material world. And even we may fail and fall on the regulative principles sometimes. The secret is to KEEP CHANTING and the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra will give us the strength to get out of maya and again become properly situated…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  10. jay smith says:

    thankyou so much l have read bhagavad-gita understand so much more l love krishna he is my father and everyday l wont to become closer to him it is very hard to live in this world so much suffering but every day now l will really try to remember my krishna every day thankyou for helping me l havent yet gone to the temple but would love to l live in melb

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My first contact with a Hare Krishna was a most merciful Mataji in Oxford Street, London who sold me a "Higher Taste" cook book in 1984 while I was on holidays there. I started seriously reading Srila Prabhupada's books in Australia 1985 and by 1986 Srila Prabhupada had convinced me "Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead" and "we should surrender to Krishna."I joined the Hare Krishnas in Perth, Western Australia in 1986. Since then I have been chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, reading and distributing Srila Prabhupada's books and preaching as much as I can.That's my life and full-time occupation now really. I like it more than anything I've ever experienced before. Srila Prabhupada's books are so amazing... Even after reading them all many times they're still fresh and new. They are truly transcendental!That's it really. Now I'm just hankering to once again see the world chant Hare Krishna, dance and feast and float away in the ecstasy of Lord Caitanya's Sankirtana movement as it did in Srila Prabhupada's physical presence. Let the whole world drown in the ecstatic flood of love of Krishna!

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