Death is disintegration of the material layers which constitute the body. A conscious sense is a separate entity which does not disintegrate, but just disengages from the body. This conscious sense is currently limited to ‘I’ and so presently, I refers to consciousness + body and thoughts which are recognised as within the body, though not concrete.

Engaging the I sense, one performs many actions in a lifetime. These actions are not only at the body level, but also at the level of thoughts. And most often speech is also involved in it.

Actions thus generated, perpetuate a cycle. Actions are done only with an aim to gain something most often, or with an aim to avoid something. Both gaining and avoiding are generally inseparable, and thus they are one with reference to the outcome, but the predominant between the two triggers the course of actions and thereby the end which is aimed.

When the end fructifies, it becomes owned as an experience by the conscious being. To specify again, a conscious being is a conscious sense seen within a material aggregate called the body, the apparent combination springs the ‘I’ claiming the body as oneself and mixing up with the inmiscible consciousness. Consciousness and matter are like oil and water. They can be associated but can never be one. Similarly body and consciousness can be associated but can never be mixed up. When they are associated, an emergent ‘I’ claims them as one, hazing the clear separation of consciousness and the body, merging them like two distinct rivers. At the juncture where the meet they are distinctly seen. Similarly, when one traces back one’s origin of I, the separate conscious nature and the nature of the body, representing all matter, becomes evident as distinct.

‘I’ gets falsified as never having a true identity. It is the body which has a birth and body disintegrates. There is no death or even a change possible for the consciousness. Recognising this is liberation.

©️ Deepti Vishwanath 🙏🏼

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