What are some characteristics of the "spiritual world"? What is life there like?

by Laxmimoni dasi

The spiritual world is infinite, and to describe exactly what kind of life exists there is basically impossible, especially when our frame of reference is so limited. It would even be very difficult to try and describe life in India to someone from the United States.

Different places have different types of 'life' and different people will judge the descriptions they hear by different expectations, thus deciding what they think is "good" and what's "undesirable" based on faulty ideas of what the reality is. Please keep that in mind while I try to give you a hint of what is there.

At least I can say that in the spiritual world there is no birth, death, disease and old age. Each living being there has an eternal loving relationship with Krishna, in one of 5 basic emotional relationships: (1) passive, (as plant or animal for example), (2) as servant, with great awe and respect, (3) as a friend, (of two types, either as an equal, close friend, or as a friend mixed with some degree of respect and veneration), (4) as a parent, and finally (5) as a lover.

Each spiritual soul has one of these relationships with the Lord and is totally happy in that exchange, eternally. There, every word is a song, every step is a dance, and everything and everyone is engaged in loving service to the Lord and to each other. Nothing deteriorates, yet nothing is stagnant either (see I told you it was inconceivable ;-)

Different activities are going on daily, yet they are always fresh and exciting. Srimati Radharani cooks for Krishna and never makes the same dishes twice, devotees are chanting Krishna's glories and never tire of saying them, and never run out of things to say!

I would suggest that for you to get a more intimate and clear understanding of life in the spiritual world you read Krishna Book by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada. It's available from Krishna.com or any Hare Krishna temple, wherever you may be. This book will help you to understand more deeply the wonderful pastimes of the Supreme Person and His friends and family in the Spiritual World.