In reality, we have no relation with the body+mind. But very rarely does someone realizes that reality.
Until we get there, our body is our vehicle. No one can predict how long it will last. But, we must take proper care of it and try to keep it healthy until then.
It’s our responsibility to ensure that, within our means, we eat healthy food, do adequate exercise, and give body+mind required rest and tranquility.
But, once we realize ourselves as Brahman, we will experience that we are not just limited to this body alone. We are, in fact, everywhere and in everything.
Not only that, everything has come out of us and is made of us. Everything is just the name given to different forms of ourselves. We, ourselves, are the living things, mountains, rivers, oceans, planets, galaxies, and everything beyond that. There is not a single particle in the universe that is not us.
We were there before this universe came into existence, and we will be there even after its destruction. There is no start or end to us. We are eternal, timeless, everpresent.
If that is the case, could anything harm us?
That’s because there is nothing else that exists apart from us.
We are the fire. How could fire burn itself?
We are the wind. How could wind make itself dry?
We are the water. How could water make itself wet?
We are the sword. How could it shred itself?
That’s essense of few of the most popular Shlokas of Bhagavad Gita.
नैनं छिन्दन्ति शस्त्राणि नैनं दहति पावक: |
न चैनं क्लेदयन्त्यापो न शोषयति मारुत: ||2.23||
Neither weapons can shred, nor fire can burn it. Neither water can wet it, nor the wind can dry it.
अच्छेद्योऽयमदाह्योऽयमक्लेद्योऽशोष्य एव च |
नित्य: सर्वगत: स्थाणुरचलोऽयं सनातन: ||2.24||
Brahman is unbreakable and incombustible; it can neither be dampened nor dried. It is everlasting, ever-present, unalterable, immutable, and ever-existing.
तस्मादेवं विदित्वैनं नानुशोचितुमर्हसि ||2.25||
Brahman is manifested and unmanifested as well. It is beyond knowledge or comprehension, and no one can know it. It is unchanging, unmoving, and unaltered. Knowing this, we must not grieve for the body.
Out of all the characteristics, most surprising for many is अचिंत्य (beyond knowledge or comprehension).
It sounds contradictory, as here, we are trying to get knowledge to know Brahman. But, no knowledge can help us know it.
For knowing something it has be to different from us. But that is not the case, as we ourselves are Brahman. Knowledge can only prepare us.
The only way to get there is to REALIZE it. That’s why it is called “SELF-REALIZATION”.
All the Best!