Death is the end of everything, yet we cling to life – this is Maya. The animal man lives in the senses. As he emerges, horizons of both happiness and suffering grow. We must work for lessening world’s misery, the only way to make ourselves happy and out of this life of contradiction. This realization comes to all eventually. The Absolute tries to express itself in the finite, when man discovers that it is impossible, renunciation results, the real beginning of religion. Knowing that both good and evil are bound together, one then works with patience toward the great ideal, toward perfection, and beyond nature.
The whole history of humanity is a continuous fight against the so-called laws of nature. The internal world is a fight between animal man and spiritual man. With Vedanta, the idea of a Personal God, ruler of Maya, or nature, grows until the discovery is made that he is within.