Monday, January 23, 2012

You are NOT the Body

"In reality, there is no death because you are not the body. Let the body be there or not be there, your existence is always there; it is eternal."  -  Nisargadatta Maharaja

The other day I was reading somewhere that some Christians actually believe that you ARE the body.   This is part of the reason behind burial - you need your body in the resurrection.

Now to me, this is about as absurd as you can get. There is a common saying these days that 'we are not a physical person having a spiritual experience, but rather spiritual entities having a material experience.'  We HAVE bodies. They are there. We ride around in them like riding in an automobile.  Now, if you knew someone who thought that they were their car, you'd probably want to put them in a looney bin.  It's like thinking you're Napoleon Bonaparte or something.  "Hi!  Like my shiny body and my ragtop convertible? Wanna see my moonroof?"  Of course, some people are so attached to their cars that they almost fall into this category. But in most cases you can convince them that the car is, at best, a possession, not what they are.