“The ultimate goal of our religion is emancipation from the bondage of material nature and freedom from individual rebirth, and certain souls, among the highest we have known, have been drawn by the attraction of the final hush and purity to dissociate themselves from life and bodily action in order more swiftly and easily to reach the goal….
It is for this reason that Sri Krishna laid so much stress on the perfect Yogin’s cleaving to life and human activity even after his need of them were over, lest the people, following as they do the example of their best, turn away from their Dharma and bastard confusion reign. The ideal Yogin is no withdrawn and pent-up force, but ever engaged in doing good to all creatures,”
- Shri Aurobindo
One of my friends who has studied much Buddhism told me that he sees the difference between Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism being that Theravada Buddhism considers achievement of Buddha state to the be the ultimate goal whereas Mahayana Buddhism considers helping all beings on the path to Buddha state to be the highest calling.