Let us say for example that after sweeping and removing the dust and dirt with a broom, the broom is also discarded and what remains is the clean house. It means that when we think with our mind and decide with our intellect that ‘I am the soul’, we stay connected with nature (our constitution). But when we hold ‘I am not the body’, we get detached from both the body and the constitution, and the pure self as Divinity remains. Therefore in self-realization the negation is important. In negating, it is essential for an aspirant to accept three facts – ‘I am not the body’, ‘the body is not mine’ and ‘the body is not for me’.
So long as an aspirant holds, “I am the body and the body is mine and for me”, he may study and listen to a lot of gospels and may preach them to others, he will neither attain peace, nor salvation. Therefore at the beginning in the Gita, the Lord has laid special emphasis for a striver on the fact that he (the self) is not the body which undergoes changes, birth and death.
I am not the Body
First of all aspirant should clearly understand the fact that he is Divinity (divine entity), not the body. We declare that ‘I am the same today who was in childhood’. As far as the body of the childhood is concerned, it has undergone so much change that it is difficult to recognize it, but I (the self) am the same. In childhood I used to jump and play, then I was studying, and now I am doing a job / business. Everything has changed, but I am the same. It means that the body, which undergoes a change continuously, is not the self. The myself (self, swayam) is one that undergoes no change at all. (to be continued)
From book ‘For Salvation of Mankind’ by Shradhey Swamiji Shri Ramsukhdasji Maharaj