Ultimately we must take leave of our connection with our body and the matter that the body and the world is created of. All of that is only a reflection of the mind and consciousness. We must then become aware of a greater world beyond this one.
A caterpillar is first turned into a cocoon, which is an intermediate state. Then finally it becomes a beautiful butterfly. That is the transformation that man must ultimately undertake. Finally he becomes one with his Creator.
The richness of man is in his potential. Above all other forms of life here on Earth he can comprehend God intellectually, emotionally and as an actual living experience.