The Mind Must Die, Not the Body
Meher Baba conveyed on July 1926 at Meherabad:
Why should we Sadgurus feel for the shocking wounds and mutilations that are horrible to look at? Do you feel anything while killing an ant, gnat, or mosquito? Not a bit! Do you feel bad when a hen’s neck is being cruelly wrung by a butcher? No. Then why fear and shiver at this human murder — the wounds, blood and pain? The ant, fly, hen and goat all have lives as humans have. Why feel for one and not the other?
Just as you consider the lives of these animals quite insignificant as compared to human beings, so do the Sadgurus consider human deaths trivial and insignificant. For them, the whole world is a small thing, just a point. Then why worry for a man being dead? Besides, to Sadgurus the dropping of the body is no death at all. It is simply dropping one form and taking another. The body is a coat covering the soul. Lakhs and lakhs of such bodies fall daily and the same number take bodies again simultaneously. The Sadgurus are really dead to illusion and so are really living in eternity. So what is this dropping of human bodies and changing coats to them?
The mind must die, not the body. The body may die a thousand deaths; the atma [soul] is there, alive. It never dies. Even when body and mind both are dead in the Realization state, the atma is there living forever.
The body lives, works and suffers for the mind, and the mind lives for the soul. For example, take the cloth to be the body, the body to be the mind and the mind to be the soul. Now suppose a young, well-dressed maiden comes and stands before you. As long as the clothes cover all parts of her body, the mind pays no special attention to her and is checked. But suppose a small part of her clothing flutters in the wind, uncovering her legs for a moment; it immediately affects the mind and several undesirable ideas begin to surge in it. Now what did this? The cloth — the body. Similarly, as cloth is to the body, so the body is to the mind; that is, the mind is affected by the body, as the body is affected by the cloth.
[Lord Meher online rev. ed., 693]