The goal of human life is Enlightenment. What is Enlightenment? There are men who acquire proficiency in science, art and philosophy; men who acquire fame for their benevolence and charity. But the end of human life is that the mind may be lit by the inner light of God and that all doubts may be cut asunder, all feeling of limitation be ended, all desires to harm anybody or possess anything be over, and finally all fear, even the fear of death, may come to an end. As long as man is subject to fear you cannot say that he has attained the goal of life.
Fear and anxiety are the two cankers of the soul. They ought to be avoided not by hardening the conscience but by a good moral life on a certain basis. Many people cannot bear to see others happy or prosperous; they are a kind of communist.
It is in the state of relaxation that the soul receives the vital energy. A man may be learned, he may be wealthy, he may live a life of luxury but if his mind is subject to fear, if there is any worry in his mind, it is no use at all. Illumination is that state of the mind in which the soul becomes absolutely free from any worry, fear or tension.
It has an ever-expanding goodwill towards each and every creature. It knows that death and life are pairs of opposites but neither of them touches the real spirit of man.
This state is called Illumination.