When you reside in your house, you do not become the house. The
house is separate, and you are separate. You will leave the house
and walk away. You will be the one affected, not the house.
Similarly the body will remain here, you will walk away. The
effects of sinful and virtuous acts will be endured by you, not the
body. Liberation will be yours, not of the body. This body will
turn into soil, but not you. Your true Self as described by Gita
2:24-25 is that the one residing in this body, cannot be cut, cannot
be burnt, cannot be wetted, cannot be parched. It remains at all
times, it is equally present in everyone, it is immovable, it is
stable, it is ancient and it is eternal.
The one that lives in this body, is not seen, it is not something
that one can contemplate and understand, it is called formless. In
other words, knowing and understanding the one that resides in this
body, one should no longer mourn or feel sorry.
Every man wants that he must not die, that he has perfect knowledge,
that he remains eternally blissful. These three desires are all
desires for “Sat” (Existence) “Chit” (Consciousness) and “Anand”
(Blissful). However, man tries to fulfill these innate desires,
through this inert body, because inspite of being a part of
Paramaatma (God, Supreme Consciousness), man assumes a relationship
with the body, senses, mind, intellect and believes them to be his
own. But the truth of the matter is that, man’s innate desires
cannot be satisfied with the aid of this body or this world.
Because this body is perishable, therefore through it, no one can
escape death. This body is inert, therefore through it, one cannot
attain knowledge. This body is continously changing, therefore
through it, one cannot become happy at all times. Thus, to satisfy
the desire that man has of sat-chit-anand (existence, consciousness
and bliss), it can only be possible by being detached (free of
association or relationship) from this body. The body is not the
least bit of an obstacle for a spiritual aspirant, in the
fulfillment of innate desires, rather it is the relationship with
the body that is the obstacle.
Therefore on entirely servering the relationship with this body, a
spiritual aspirant becomes detached from activity (kriyaa) and
objects (padaarth). Both activity and objects are things that
belong to nature (prakriti). On becoming detached (asang) from
activity and objects, a spiritual aspirant’s (sadhak) innate desires
are satisfied. On satisfying these innate desires, a sadhak becomes
established in sat-chit-anand swaroop. On being established in this
self (swaroop), one attains perfection in spiritual practices of
the world (laukik) – i.e. Karmayog and Jnanayog. Believing in the
Self which is a part of Paramatma, and taking refuge in that, one
attains perfection in spiritual (alaukik) practices (Bhakti Yog), in
other words, one attains eternal divine love.
From “Sansaar kaa asar kaise chute?” in Hindi by Swami Ramsukhdasji.
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