"Hinduism does not teach that all worldly pleasures are sinful, but it teaches that they can never bring deep, lasting happiness or peace (ananda).
"According to the Hindu sage Adi Shankaracharya - the world as we ordinarily understand it - is like a dream: fleeting and illusory.
"To be trapped in Samsara is a result of ignorance of the true nature of being.
"After many births, every person eventually becomes dissatisfied with the limited happiness that worldly pleasures can bring.
"At this point, a person begins to seek higher forms of happiness, which can be attained only through spiritual experience.
"When, after much spiritual practice (sadhana), a person finally realizes his or her own divine nature - i.e., realizes that the true "self" is the immortal soul rather than the body or the ego - all desires for the pleasures of the world will vanish, since they will seem insipid compared to spiritual ananda.
"When all desire has vanished, the person will not be reborn anymore."