If you are reading this, you are a spirit soul. As a spirit soul, you are alive and conscious, and actually eternal, knowledgeable, and blissful.
But chances are that the body you currently inhabit is not eternal, is a network prone to ignorance, and often far from blissful
So there you are, dear spirit soul, dear “Atma”, you are carrying around a dead body. It’s heavy.
स्वप्नायितं नृपसुखं परतन्त्रमीश
शश्वद्भयेन मृतकेन धुरं वहाम: ।
हित्वा तदात्मनि सुखं त्वदनीहलभ्यं
क्लिश्यामहेऽतिकृपणास्तव माययेह ॥ २८ ॥ svapnāyitaṁ nṛpa-sukhaṁ para-tantram īśa
śaśvad-bhayena mṛtakena dhuraṁ vahāmaḥ
hitvā tad ātmani sukhaṁ tvad-anīha-labhyaṁ
kliśyāmahe ’ti-kṛpaṇās tava māyayeha
O Lord, with this corpselike body, always full of fear, we bear the burden of the relative happiness of kings, which is just like a dream. Thus we have rejected the real happiness of the soul, which comes by rendering selfless service to You. Being so very wretched, we simply suffer in this life under the spell of Your illusory energy.https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/10/70/28/
Why is the body called corpselike? Well, it has no value, no use after the soul leaves it! No matter how beautiful a man or woman may have been, while millions might desire that person while they were alive, no one wants to associate with a dead body (with exceptions, there are always exceptions).
Why is that? If it was the body we really wanted, we’d have no problems associating with corpses. What we really crave for is the association with the spirit souls that animates and enlivens that corpse.
Which brings us the point – how do we get a ‘corpselike’ material body?
Material desires! What are material desires? Desire to be #1, the desire to be Lord and Master of all I survey, Desire to be the Center of the Universe, the Desire to be this, that, and other, the Desire to be what we are not.
Uneasy lies the head that wears the crownWilliam Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part II, 1597
Well before Shakespeare, it was known that material desires create material bodies.
One material body per material desire, at least.
Influenced by the illusory material energy that is all around us, we’re creating our next millions and billions of material bodies right now. The desire for money, the desire for sex, the desire for fame, the desire to be powerful, the desire to have blue eyes or smooth skin or long hair, the desire to do this or that… all corpses in disguise, seductive but deadly.
But why do we want to create yet another corpse? How many have we carried already? How many do we have yet to carry?
Better to be free of this material bondage, repeated, birth, death, old age, and disease!
the perception of the evil of birth, death, old age and diseasehttps://vedabase.io/en/library/bg/13/8-12/
A genuine spiritual practice, devoid of the trickery of material sense gratification disguised as religion leads to this perception of who I am, not this body, but a pure spirit soul, eternally part-and-parcel of God.
Not carrying a corpse in the material world, as a spirit soul, free to be me!