What is the sum and substance of this life? Can we get there?
The process of living has the attainment of the Supreme as its purpose and meaning. The "Supreme" means the Atma, the Divine Self who is present everywhere. Many great people have directed their intelligence towards the discovery of the omnipresent Atma and succeeded in visualising that Divine Principle. There is plenty of evidence of the successful realisation of the goals placed before themselves by preachers, pundits, aspirants and ascetics, when they tried earnestly to pursue them.