Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking
I am not the body nor do I possess a body. I am not the doer or the enjoyer. I am ever-free consciousness, the witness of them all.
-Ashtavakra Samhita 15:4
I am consciousness; I witness the appearance of “my” body similar to the way I witness the appearance of a tree, a house or the body of another person. And yet, while it is abundantly clear that I am not a tree, a house or someone else’s body, I think of this body as myself, referring to it as “I” and “mine.” I claim its actions as my own, rejoicing when the results are good and lamenting when they are not. As such, I continuously vacillate between happiness and suffering. But is this body myself merely because it appears to be closer to me than a tree or a house? Is it myself simply because it appears in my consciousness more frequently than a tree or a house? No, the body cannot be me because it is known to me. The body cannot be me because it comes and goes while I, remain. I am ever-free of the body.