(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 27 June 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Srimad Bhagavatam 5.13.17)
People do so many things; like again the world cup has come and again, people are waving flags. Gradually, it is building up towards a finale and the tension is building up; it is getting more and more exciting. In that way, we stay engaged. It is something to do. But then, what is the meaning of it?
It is a way of killing time, it is a way of just trying to have some enjoyment. It does not have a deep meaning; we are not really making serious progress in life. Life is meant for inquiring into the Truth, into the Absolute Truth, like athāto brahma jijñāsā, what is the goal of life?
When it comes to football, Srila Prabhpada once said, “We think we are the players but in actuality, we are the ball because at any moment, we can be kicked and we are just out of here.” So therefore, we are the ball, not the players!
So when looking at life, this is not just a playground; a field for a game. We should see that the aim of life is happiness, “But why am I not getting this happiness? And how can I actually attain happiness?” These kinds of questions are about the deeper meaning of life, and until one begins to ask such questions, one will just waste his time and not make real progress.
Life is meant to grow and life is meant to develop better qualities, as a person. Then we can say, “Yes, I have made some progress.” Otherwise, material progress – you have it for a while and then it breaks down again; that is the nature of material life! So, here we are focusing on a discussion which aims at rising above the temporary reality and reconnecting ourselves with eternal reality.