Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Question: Acharya Ji, as we know that we are not the body, then why there is such a strong association with the body?
Acharya Prashant(AP): If you are not the body, who is called Rishabh (the questioner)? The wall, the Sky, the woods? Who is Rishabh then?
Questioner 1: Acharya Ji, that is what I want to ask, if it is true or not.
AP: Then you cannot start your statement with, “Though I know, I am not the body…..” It’s a false statement. You cannot start-off with that. You ‘are’ the body. Why are we born at all?
To be born in itself is such a calamity, not how to say, “I am not the body.”
If you are not the body, then who was born?
This is like one of the sermons inside the jail. Even there, they have some educational classes, right? This is all like that. We all are anyway inside a prison, because we are born.
To be born, is to be born inside a prison.
Why were you born? Why are you in jail first of all? Now you cannot say that you are not the body. Every instinct of yours will cry aloud and say, “I am the body.”
So many people are walking in and out of the room. What are they doing outside? Are they doing something that is not related to the body? What are they doing? Everything that they are doing outside is — bodily.
So, the body goes out to do something bodily. And then comes in and says, “I am not the body.”
Start honestly from where you are — you are the body — and see what that does to you. Living as the body, thinking as the body, see what that does to you. Perceive the damage. Come face-to-face with it.
And then is a certain detachment from the body.
You cannot just theoretically parrot, “I am not the body.”
“Pass on the cake please. I am not the body.”
We are body. You are a body listening to me. I am a body sipping this tea. These are the bodies, in congregation.