AM I THE BODY / MIND?
For the soul there is never birth nor death. Nor, having once been, does he ever cease to be. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing, undying and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain…. from the BHAGAVAD GITA
“I” is the first pronoun. The second pronoun is “am.” When you realize “I am,” you become free. This is called “Being. “
Not being this or being that. just plain Being “l AM” It’s quite a different situation than identification with the body.
The body will continue to have experiences, yet you will not.
You will be free from the whole ball of wax. Yet to other people, to others, it will appear as if you’re doing whatever you’re doing.
“The search for wisdom is a great challenge; to act on wisdom is an even greater challenge.”
It appears as if what you’re doing is a reality. Yet when you discover the truth about yourself and you awaken, you will no longer be connected to your body.
At the same time you will appear to be a body to others, and they will see the games you are playing. But you will be free from that.
Yet your body will continue to play the games. It’s a paradox.
Your body appears as the water in the mirage, as the snake in the rope.
But yet, when you awaken, you are no longer the body. And there is nobody.
But the body appears to others as being real. This is why when a gnani dies, or appears to be suffering, nothing is really happening to the gnani. But to the agnani all kinds of things are happening.
Excerpts from Robert Adams in his book: Silence of the Heart
Sadhguru speaks about the subtleties of the Isha Kriya practice and how “I am not the body, I am not the mind” is not a slogan, philosophy, or ideology, but a fragrance added so that one can more readily become aware of the breath.
Rooted in the timeless wisdom of the yogic sciences, Isha Kriya is a simple yet potent process created by Sadhguru.
Sadhguru: When you say, “I am not the body; I am not the mind” during Isha Kriya, it is not a philosophy or an ideology. It is not a slogan that you keep shouting within yourself and one day become converted. This is a subtle reminder that you add to your breath. Do not use “I am not the body; I am not the mind” to try and psych yourself. You are just adding a certain element to your breath. Otherwise, you are not able to notice your breath. Right now, you are only able to watch the sensations caused by the movement of the air, not the breath itself.