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The Body and the Self


There are five sheaths: food, life, breath, mind, intellect and bliss.
The body of the world is created out of food.
Life increases by eating and perishes when there is no food.
It is the sheath of food.

There is the compound of skin, blood, flesh, fat, marrow, excreta and urine.
None is looked down upon by the truly holy.
The body has no existence before birth or after death but appears between them.
The body undergoes change every moment.
There is no set law governing that change.

The Self, on the other hand, is distinct from the gross body: it is single, eternal, and pure.
It is indestructible.
When the body is destroyed by time, the Self is the witness who knows the characteristics of the body.
It is self-aware, and it directs the body.
This is the difference between the body and the Self.

Those who do not understand think the body is the Self; they fear for the body instead of thinking of the beauty of the Soul.
Thinking “I am the body” is the seed of all sorrow.
Therefore, do not identify with your body as permanent, just as you do not identify yourself with your shadow.
Identify yourself as the Self.
The Beloved makes every effort to root out your thoughts that you are the body and not the self.

I have been teaching my students to honor all life and all life forms by cutting away prejudice and placing full acceptance of all ways and choices.
The sweetness of meditation brings us all to bliss.

This is the time to show the world that love can survive through everything, just like the Self.
Come toward your Beloved, and everything will fall in place.
Be positive, and know in your Self that you can have everything.
I love you all so very much.

Ma Jaya
Kashi Ashram


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