Body: Life and Death
Body: Life and Death

I have been re-reading a 
biography of Ramana Maharshi.

At one point, Ramana Maharshi is
quoted as saying :
"All the actions that the body is to perform
are already decided upon at the time
it comes into existence:
the only freedom you have is whether or not
to identify yourself with the body." [+]

The implication being:
If you want to be happy,
do not identify with the body.

Later in the book, there is a conversation
between Ramana Maharshi and a visitor:

Maharshi (M):
Are you then the physical body made of flesh
and bones and blood and nicely dressed?

Visitor (V):
Yes, that must be so; I am aware of
my existence in this bodily form.

M: You call yourself that body because now you
are aware of your body, but are you that body? ...
V: Yes ...

M: And when death occurs?
V: Well, then I am considered dead and the body is buried.

M: But you said your body is yourself. When it is being
taken away to be buried why doesn't it protest and say:
`No! no! don't take me away! This property I have acquired,
these clothes I am wearing, these children I have begotten,
they are all mine, I must remain with them'! [#]

Even after understanding that we are
indeed not the body,
not identifying with the body is still
not an easy task in practice.

In other words, we could say:
There are many intermediate goals
to achieve before one could attain the
objective of not identifying with the body.

One intermediate goal could be to follow the
Saamaanya Dharma (Common values).
e.g.: Satya (Truth), Anasuya (Contentment), etc.

We will see more about
Saamaanya Dharma in future posts.

[+] Osborne's Path of Self-Knowledge, chapter 5, Pg 39
[#] Osborne's Path of Self-Knowledge chapter 12, Pg 135

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