Humanlifeisararegift.ItisagiftfromtheLord.Threethingsareverydifficulttoobtaininthis mortal world,—birth as a human being, desire for liberation and association with the wiseones,—and they are obtained only through the blessings and grace of God. Of the three, humanbirth is a very precious gift that has been put first and foremost. It is that state of existence wherealone the Jiva becomes endowed with intellect and the extremely rare faculty of discrimination.Therefore, human birth is considered as a very rare gift of God.The purpose of life is to know your own essential nature or Atman by knowing which youhave nothing more to know. Every one must know that the Divine is within him. God is within youand you are in Him. Attainment of God is the Supreme purpose of life. Without this aim in life, thelife of an individual is a mere waste. It is essenceless.In order to progress in this spiritual path one should know the fundamentals of spiritual life.This book
serves the purpose of giving some practical and usefulinformationinthisdirection.Itcontainstheessentialsofspirituallife.Thisentirebookconstitutesasincere attempt to serve earnest seekers after spiritual Truth and to spread spiritual wisdom that islikely to be of benefit to mankind. Unlike other books containing one subject-matter, this book
contains many practical hints useful to seekers in the spiritual path.It is culled from my speeches given abroad during 1969-70, in various places. I place this book inthe hands of seekers who wish to know some of essentials of spiritual life and earnestly hope that itwill serve that purpose well.I am grateful to Sri Swami Vimalanandaji (formerly known as Sri S. Nagarajan) forcollecting the material for this book and also to Sri Bill Eilers (Sri Swami Atmaswarupanandaji) of Vancouver,B.C.,Canada,forgoingthroughtheentiremanuscriptandsuggestingtheexcellenttitlefor this book.I offer and dedicate this book at the feet of holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji, who is nomore physically, but whose invisible spiritual presence is guiding me even now.