The "pilgrim's progress" from mere physical hunger to hunger for immortality or from Kama to Moksha or from human to superhuman and from there to Divine or otherwise, as from selfishness to enlightened selfishness and to enlightenment itself is to be achieved. This has been clearly stated in Swamiji's well-known words "Each soul is potentially Divine. The goal of life is to manifest this Divinity within, by controlling nature, external and internal. Do it by work or worship, philosophy or psychic control, by one or more or all of them and be free." These state that the goal or purpose of life is to realize that eternity or divinity which is within every individual. It has to be realized only by oneself. Different avenues for the achievement of that goal in the form of Jnanayoga, Bhaktiyoga, Karmayoga, Rajayoga have also been clearly indicated by Swamiji. It is left to us as to which avenue one should follow to reach the goal.
Mananeeya Eknathji says : This goal cannot be achieved in one life. The journey is too long, but one has to perform it. If we come across anybody achieving this eternity in this very life, it means that he must have lived thousands and millions of lives before; he must have striven very hard before and this was his last halt to reach the destination. As Tukaram, the celebrated Marathi sain t has affirmed- "Yachi dehi yachi dola, Pahina mukticha sohala "In this very body and with these very eyes, I shall enjoy the great festival of final liberation." It is the birthright of every individual to enjoy this, provided proper care is taken to see that his rationality is not lost and he does not regress to animality.