Accepting the Body as the Self - an essential subject

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A living entity becomes a victim of the material condition by foolishly accepting the body as one's self. Self-realization means to know that "I am not this body. I am spirit soul. I am part and parcel of God.” God is by nature eternal, joyful, and transcendental, never contaminated by the material energy. As His parts and parcels, we naturally seek an eternal life full of joy. As long as one accepts the body as oneself, one will remain in the clutches of material consciousness. Fatness, thinness, bodily and mental distress, thirst, hunger, fear, disagreement, desires for material happiness, old age, sleep, attachment for material possessions, anger, lamentation, and illusion are all transformations of the material covering of the spirit soul. A person can be saved from the fatigue of misidentifying the body with the self by taking shelter of Krishna. This begins by hearing from self-realized souls who distribute transcendental knowledge about the spiritual nature of the self and one’s relationship with Krishna.

Srila Prabhupada's books, lectures, conversations and letters offer a comprehensive presentation of this essential subject as seen in the Vaniquotes Accepting the Body as the Self category. An introduction from his books is given below in the following 14 quotes.

   
 

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