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Spiritual World vs. Material World
In the Bhagavad-gita (15.1), Krishna says that the material world is a perverted reflection of the spiritual world. In the material world we seek pleasure from friendly relationships, parental affection and conjugal loving relationships. But such relationships are terminated by time appearing as death as well as by circumstances and situations brought about by destiny. But in the spiritual world one can strike a relationship with God as a friend, parent or a lover. These relationships are never terminated, because neither the God nor the soul will ever die. Their relationship is also eternal. Now that we have come to the material world, we have temporarily forgotten that eternal connection to God and are falsely seeking it in the temporary relationships of this material world. This cannot give us true satisfaction. It is like a mirage in the desert. In a desert there is no water, there is only mirage. But that does not mean there is no water anywhere in the creation. There is surely fresh, cooling, crystal clear waters in reservoirs where pure swans live. Similarly happiness is not to be found in the material world, but real happiness is available unlimitedly in the spiritual world.
The spiritual world is like a mango tree on the bank of a river. The material world is like the perverted reflection of the mango tree (upside down) in the river waters. If a fool dives into the river in search of mangoes, can he obtain any mangoes? He can only damage his head. In the same way, this material world is a perverted reflection of the spiritual world. One should not try to enjoy life through material sense gratification. One can derive the best enjoyment by serving the master of the senses, God. This spiritual pleasure is the real pleasure, which is everlasting and worthy of seeking. One, who can get out of bodily consciousness and be situated in the platform and activity of the soul, is free from the disease of material existence and can experience this spiritual pleasure.