“For the soul there is never birth or death. Nor, having once been, does he ever cease to be. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing, undying, and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain.”
~ Bhagavad Gita (2.20)
The body has a beginning and an end; but we, the spirit soul within each body, are eternal.
The Material World
Maya means “that which is not.” It refers to the Supreme Person’s energy of illusion, which makes us think our temporary body, which is a product of the material world, is the same as our eternal, spiritual self, the “atma” within the body.
The spiritual master is receiving benediction from the ocean of mercy. Just as a cloud pours water on a forest fire to extinguish it, so the spiritual master delivers the materially afflicted world by extinguishing the blazing fire of material existence.
In those Vaikuntha planets there are many forests which are very auspicious. In those forests the trees are wish-fulfilling trees, and in all seasons they are filled with flowers and fruits.