You are your body, right? You are chemical in essence ... right? At least, that's what one of America's most influential scientists claims: "I am a collection of water, calcium and organic molecules called Carl Sagan.You are a collection of almost identical molecules with a different collective label." Like Sagan, most people believe that they are their body. So if you ask them who they are, they think and respond in terms of bodily labels.
Scientists have recently discovered that certain people don't have brains.
Life is itself an energy that's completely different from matter. It is not an offspring of matter. Life is life. Matter is matter.
If you erroneously identify yourself with your body, you will conclude that your existence will end with the destruction of your body. But if you know that you are the eternal self within the body, you know that your existence will not end when your body dies.
If you identify your body as yourself, you will try to satisfy yourself by trying to satisfy your body. You'll think, "I am the body and I want to be happy, I want to be satisfied." Thus, you'll try to satisfy the belly, the tongue, the genitals, the ears, the eyes, the nose, and so on, believing that this will bring you the inner satisfaction and happiness you crave.But sense gratification does not satisfy. This is further evidence that you are not the body. No matter how much sense pleasure you have, you are still never satisfied within.
So knowing who you are is a very practical necessity.
Religious Fanatics: "There's a saying: "Misery likes company." So-called religious fanatics are so miserable that they want to create as much havoc in society as possible. They want others to join them in their misery."
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