We shall discuss the nature of the world in detail. The mind is attached to the world, because it is the firm decision of the intellect that there is definitely happiness in the material world. Therefore, we are constantly endeavouring for it.
There are in fact two worlds: the external gross world and the internal world of desires. This inner world is within the mind of every living being. It consists of innumerable subtle impressions created in countless lifetimes by the desires for various gross material objects. The gross world consists of the objects desired by the subtle inner world. Of the two, it is the subtle world of desires which is stronger, because even if the gross world is absent, the subtle world of desires does its work through thinking. For example, a faithful wife suffers the pangs of separation from her husband, who is in England. However, if the object of the gross world had been present, then the effect on the subtle world of desires would have been stronger. Sometimes, these desires appear even without the presence of a gross material object and disturb the mind. Occasionally, a desire of which we are unaware suddenly emerges upon contact with an external object.
However, our experience proves that even in the absence of external material objects, these desires can intensify and cause us suffering . . .
An extract from:
Prema Rasa Siddhanta - Philosophy of Divine Love
Chapter Five, The Soul, Material World and Detachment, p. 71
Originally written in Hindi by Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj