SLOKA OF THE DAY:
Bhagavad Gita As It Is -
Chapter 11 Text 33
tasmat tvam uttistha yaso labhasva
jitva satrun bhunksva rajyam samrddham
mayaivaite nihatah purvam eva
nimitta-matram bhava savya-sacin
tasmat--therefore; tvam--you; uttistha--get up; yasah--fame; labhasva--gain; jitva--conquering; satrun--enemies; bhunksva--enjoy; rajyam--kingdom; samrddham--flourishing; maya--by Me; eva--certainly; ete--all these; nihatah--killed; purvam eva--by previous arrangement; nimitta-matram- just the cause; bhava--become; savya-sacin--O Savyasaci.
Therefore get up. Prepare to fight and win glory. Conquer your enemies and enjoy a flourishing kingdom. They are already put to death by My arrangement, and you, O Savyasaci, can be but an instrument in the fight.
Srila Prabhupada talks about the meaning of life in his purport; "Just become an instrument": nimitta-matram. This word is also very significant. The whole world is moving according to the plan of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. ... What is this plan? This cosmic manifestation is a chance for the conditioned souls to go back to Godhead, back to home.
I listened to a talk on this sloka by H.H. Jayadvaita Swami given on March 18, 2012, which I found most enlightening.