No material object however
No material object, however beautiful or valuable, can make us feel loved because our deeper identity and true character lie in the subjective nature of the mind.
Material nature and the living entities should be understood to be beginningless. Their transformations and the modes of matterare products of material nature. (13.20)
Material comforts are not sufficient to satisfy us. We need something deeperâ€”human affection.
This material nature, which is one of My energies, is working under My direction, O son of Kunti, producing all moving andnonmoving beings. Under its rule this manifestation is created and annihilated again and again. (9.10)
Material nature consists of three modes — goodness, passion and ignorance. When the eternal living entity comes in contact withnature, O mighty-armed Arjuna, he becomes conditioned by these modes. (14.5)
Whichever object is giving you pleasure, the same object will give you misery and pain. Like, if apple pie is giving you joy, go on eating apple pie, and it will give you a stomach ache.
The living entity in material nature thus follows the ways of life, enjoying the three modes of nature. This is due to hisassociation with that material nature. Thus he meets with good and evil among various species. (13.22)
Material progress alone is not sufficient to achieve an ideal society.
If we consider material progress, we see that research started by one person can always be continued by another. But this is not possible with spiritual progress.
Knowledge, the object of knowledge, and the knower are the three factors that motivate action; the senses, the work and the doerare the three constituents of action. (18.18)