Reincarnation and Karma – The Significance of Death: Identification of soul with gross body

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The worldly person completely identifies life with the manifestations and activities of the gross body. For him, therefore, the beginning and the end of bodily existence are also the beginning and the end of the individualized soul. All his experience seems to testify to the transitoriness of the physical body; and he has often witnessed the disintegration of physical bodies that were once vibrant with life. Hence he is naturally impelled to believe that life is coterminous with bodily existence.

-Discourses 7th Ed., p301

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” One who lives for himself is truly dead, and one who dies for God is truly alive.”
(LM, p4382)

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