We are Not the Body Fitness dance

Published on July 16th, 2016 | by Madhudvisa dasa | Full size image

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The Main thing is: I’M NOT THIS BODY

The main thing is we understand we are not the body so no matter what we do to the body it will not give us satisfaction in the long term.

The body is a machine, like a motor car is a machine. I am within this body as the driver is within the motor car.

Now the motor car has many needs. It needs gas, it needs oil, it needs to have it’s tires pumped up and so on. But if one forgets the driver in the car and simply concentrates on the machine and the needs of the machine the driver will not be satisfied.

He will be sitting in the car starving. Because the food of the driver is different from the food of the car. You can not feed the driver gas. His food is different.

So we are the driver of this body. This body has so many needs, but these bodily needs are different from our needs, we are the driver of the body, the soul within the body, “the ghost in the machine…”

So our idea is to satisfy the bodily needs only as much as necessary to maintain the body in a healthy condition and spend the rest of our time and energy in spiritual activities which help us to reawaken our original spiritual consciousness, these are our real needs, the needs of the soul.

It is not that we do not eat, or sleep, or have sex or defend, but these things are done in a regulated way to maintain the body in a healthy condition. But as the motor car is simply a vehicle which is meant to transport the driver to his destination, we see this material body as a vehicle which can be used to transport the driver–the soul–to his ultimate destination: back home, back to Godhead.

If we spend all our time trying to satisfy the senses of our body we will waste all our time and energy in this way and become completely distracted from the real purpose of life which is to get out of this material world and get back home to the spiritual world where we will get an eternally youthful spiritual body full of knowledge and full of pleasure… Then we will really be happy…

Please let me know what you think.

Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

Madhudvisa dasa

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4 Responses to The Main thing is: I’M NOT THIS BODY

  1. rezo says:

    hare krishna.
    please take my dandavaty. i love evry krishna devotees. you ars so mercyful to mankind. because of your mercy we know about God. krishna is God. now i am sure in this.
    please tell my how i can progress in krishna consciousness if my encirclement and all my relatives are against.

    i am from georgia, Caucasus.

  2. Hare krishna..
    Very illustrative explanation.
    All Glories to Srila Prabupad &
    All Glories to the Vaisnavas who put
    so much efforts to spread Krishna consciousness

    Hari Bol !

  3. Bhumika says:

    Definitely the motor of the body is soul, but as you mention the motor “body” have some need such as eating, sex, sleeping, and cleanness…but at some point we get so attached to these needs that we aren’t able to concentrate on our soul…we just keep thinking about bodily needs…what should be done, in that case???


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My first contact with a Hare Krishna was a most merciful Mataji in Oxford Street, London who sold me a "Higher Taste" cook book in 1984 while I was on holidays there. I started seriously reading Srila Prabhupada's books in Australia 1985 and by 1986 Srila Prabhupada had convinced me "Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead" and "we should surrender to Krishna."I joined the Hare Krishnas in Perth, Western Australia in 1986. Since then I have been chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, reading and distributing Srila Prabhupada's books and preaching as much as I can.That's my life and full-time occupation now really. I like it more than anything I've ever experienced before. Srila Prabhupada's books are so amazing... Even after reading them all many times they're still fresh and new. They are truly transcendental!That's it really. Now I'm just hankering to once again see the world chant Hare Krishna, dance and feast and float away in the ecstasy of Lord Caitanya's Sankirtana movement as it did in Srila Prabhupada's physical presence. Let the whole world drown in the ecstatic flood of love of Krishna!


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