Friday, August 14, 2015

The Phrase - "HUMAN FORM OF LIFE IS MEANT FOR" In Prabhupada's Books

According to the Vedic perspective, there are said to be 8,400,000 species of life, and of those 400,000 are human. The human form is considered to be a rare opportunity, as we have greater intelligence than other forms, and the free will to utilize that life either for sense gratification or for spiritual advancement.

Utilizing the Gitabase android app (, I searched through the works of my spiritual master, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada for the specific phrase "Human form of life is meant for".  In other words, those exact words had to come up.  They actually came up a total of 99 times, but many of those were in lectures, classes, and room conversations.  Copying only those that were in his actual printed books, I came up with these 14. (I think I got them all.)

In most of these cases, I only copied the actual sentence or 1 or 2 sentences before or after.  In many of these, he elaborates extensively, so it's worth your while to do your own search through his books or on the internet.  

Plus, I ONLY searched for the phrase "Human form of life is meant for", and I'm sure one could come up with innumerable others searching for other phrases such as:
Human body is meant for
Purpose of life is
Human existence is meant for...
And so on!

Abbrebiations used:
SB = Srimad Bhagavatam
CC = Caitanya Caritamrta
NOD = Nectar of Devotion
TLC  = Teachings of Lord Caitanya
TQK = Teachings of Queen Kunti

"One should, therefore, seek the protection of the Supreme Lord, for the human form of life is meant for seeking that protection."  SB 1.31.21

"In the Vedanta-sutra also it is stated, athato brahma jijnasa: this human form of life is meant for realization of the Supreme Brahman, the Absolute Truth," SB 4.2.26

"Both the Supreme Lord and the living entity are spirit. Understanding this is self-realization. The human form of life is meant for understanding the Supreme Lord and oneself by spiritual cultivation of knowledge. One should not waste valuable life simply engaged in economic development and sense gratification." SB 4.22.37

"The words sa vancitah indicate that once a person has obtained the human form of life, he is actually cheated if he does not make preparations to go back home, back to Godhead. The position of all nondevotees, who are not interested in going back to Godhead, is very much lamentable, for the human form of life is meant for executing devotional service and nothing else. " SB 4.23.28

"Similarly, this human form of life is meant for the advancement of spiritual life" SB 4.25.13

"This human form of life is meant for austerity, and austerity means controlling sex, food intake, etc. In this way time can be saved for spiritual activity, and one can purify himself both externally and internally. Thus both body and mind can be cleansed. " SB 4.28.35-36

"As long as one is not freed, he has to continue conditioned life in material existence. The human form of life is meant for cleansing away these misconceptions. If this is not done, one has to repeat the cycle of birth and death and thus suffer all material conditions." SB 5.11.15

"The human form of life is meant for realization of one's relationship with Krishna, or God. One who lacks this knowledge is categorized among the animals."  SB 6.15.12-15

"The human form of life is meant for liberation, but unfortunately, due to the influence of Kali-yuga, every day the grihasthas are working hard like asses. " SB 7.14.3-4

"Every state and every society is busy trying to improve the quality of eating, sleeping, mating and defending. This human form of life is meant for more than these four animal principles. Eating, sleeping, mating and defending are problems found in the animal kingdom, and the animals have solved these problems without difficulty. Why should human society be so busy trying to solve these problems? The difficulty is that people are not educated to understand this simple philosophy. They think that advancement of civilization means increasing sense gratification. " CC  Madhya 19.159

"The human form of life is meant for understanding this transcendental land of Vrindavana, and one who is fortunate should cultivate knowledge of Vrindavana and its residents. " TLC Chapter 31

"Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura has therefore said that the advancement of material knowledge renders a person more foolish, because it causes one to forget his real identity by its glimmer. This is doom for him, because this human form of life is meant for getting out of material contamination. By the advancement of material knowledge, people are becoming more and more entangled in material existence. They have no hope of being liberated from this catastrophe." NOD Chapter 1

"The human form of life is meant for understanding the Supreme, the Absolute Truth (athato brahma jijnasa). But if we do not endeavor for this, if we misuse this opportunity and simply remain like animals, we shall return to an animal form of life. Therefore the Krishna consciousness movement is trying to save people from going down to animal life. TQK Chapter 15

"The human form of life is meant for reestablishing our relationship with God and acting according to that relationship. Even in ordinary dealings, one businessman who intends to do business with another must first establish some relationship with him, and then transactions can take place. Similarly, a husband and wife establish a relationship by marriage, and then they live together. In a similar way, human life is meant for reestablishing our relationship with God. The material world means forgetfulness of this relationship. There is no Krishna consciousness in this material world, for as soon as there is Krishna consciousness, as soon as there is action on the basis of Krishna, it is no longer the material world but the spiritual world. " TQK Chapter 25

हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण कृष्ण कृष्ण हरे हरे 
हरे राम हरे राम राम राम हरे हरे

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for reminding me of the essential truth, the purpose of human life. By telling everyone this truth in such a humble way, the truth is elevated above the culture that has preserved it.