Who are you?

You are not this body but a soul covered in a material body.

The Bhagavad-Gita teaches us:

“As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change.” Lord Krishna, BG 2.13

You are a soul covered by a material body. The body is changing from youth to old but you the soul is remaining the same. Due to the influence of the illusory energy we identify the self with the body.

In this material body we suffer the pangs of birth, old age, disease, and death.

We have to reincarnate from body to body, life after life. At death we will take on another body in the animal kingdom, or again in the human species. What is our next body will be dependent on our karmic actions (good and bad actions) taken in life.

Just as we change worn out clothes, furniture, cars, shoes, houses, jobs, and even partners. We will change our body at death. Just as a manufacturing company designs products today to make tomorrow. We design our next body today with our current actions.

There are 8.4 Million different material bodies that the individual soul keeps circulating in. So we should not get too attached to this body.

We are always ‘too busy’ in eating, sleeping, mating, and making a career. We never have ‘time’ to inquire into the absolute truth. Once again we cling to temporary material enjoyment in our short life span. We keep running after material things which will not satisfy the self. Material things are temporary and to really satisfy the self we have to seek something more permanent which is spiritual.

Most people are very busy in the Modern Lifestyle of partying, discoing, meat eating, intoxication, and relationships. While engaging in these demonic activities, we forget the naked truth of death, which we all have to meet one day. Death is certain and it can take you at anytime. At death, the laws of nature will act, and we will get another body according to our work.

Human birth is very rare and now that we have attained a human form of life, we should utilize our developed consciousness to inquire into the Absolute Truth. Yet most humans engage in the life style of eating, sleeping, mating and defending, which is available even in the animal kingdom without the hassle of nine-to-five jobs, marital problems, medical operations, and the bother of tax returns.

A person in the mode of goodness knows that death is born along with his birth. He knows that he is dying at every second. He therefore prepares himself for the next life or for liberation from the cycle of birth and death all together. He enquries: Who am I ? Where have I come from? Where am I going after this life?

An ignorant person is ‘too busy’ with materialist life, satisfying only his genetals and belly. He forgets that death is certain and just around the corner.