There is temporary mental peace of material world and there is the eternal peace of the spiritual world. That is what God wants every one of His children to enjoy. It comes to the extent that we surrender to Him. The illusion in the world is to try to keep as much as we can for ourselves, and to make God our order supplier. We go to the temple or church or mosque to beg God to give us all that we need in our lives. Sometimes I need money, sometimes I need good health, sometimes I need progress in my business endeavors, sometimes I need nice prestige, sometimes I want a new house, new car, or I want my children to have nice husbands and wives. We simply demand, ‘God give me this, get me that.’ There is no love in that relationship.
God may give us but even if we receive all the things we asked for, there would be no true satisfaction in our life because material pleasures have a beginning and an end. They only leave us with the longing for more. The real goal of life is loving service to God, and that service must be completely unmotivated and uninterrupted to satisfy our souls completely.
By Radhanath Swami