We experience it in the world around us, and in our own lives; the “ups” and “downs”, “goods” and “bads”. Sometimes we welcome it, though most times it comes unexpectedly and can be quite overwhelming.
But should we be affected by all this change, however stressful it may sometimes be? Should we let ourselves be taken around on an endless roller-coaster ride?
Well of course not!
So how can we go about undisturbed by the circus of life?
The answer lies in the Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, an ancient Vedic scripture with the knowledge of our essence, purpose, and function.
There it states that we are not these material bodies which are ever-changing and growing, eventually dying, but in fact, we are the constant, eternal, individual spirit soul in the body. Just as we cover our bodies with different layers of clothes, we the spirit souls in these bodies, are covered by the mind, and the physical material body.
“As the embodied soul continually passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. The self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change.” – Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, text 13.
So knowing that we are not the body, that we are the constant person among all this change and movement, we can be more at ease. In the Vedic scriptures, there is a phrase to help us remember this: “Aham brahmasmi”, “I am spirit, not matter.” To know who you are in essence, position and function, please click here.
Whether things are going our way or not, we can always think back to this phrase and be at peace.
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