Bones are not life (Prabhupada comments on his "physical" condition)
Posted on November 1, 2016
This material world and the bones... The bones are not our... This is life. We are not concerned with bones and stones. Our real concern is the living force. Apareyam itas tu viddhi me prakrtim param, jiva-bhutam maha-baho yayedam dharyate jagat [Bg. 7.5]. The living force which is sustaining the bones... Bone is not important. It may remain; it may go. It doesn't matter. Real life, what is sustaining the bone, is steady. We have got history that there was a rsi, he had only bones. So there is a science by which you can sustain life — only bones. Hiranyakasipu did it, practically.
So take care of the bones as long as possible. Real life is here. Always remember that. And material world means they are simply all protecting bones and flesh together. They have no idea what they are. Bones and flesh. Bhumir apo 'nalo vayuh [Bg. 7.4]. Apareyam. It is useless. Not useless — inferior. Real? That jiva-bhuta, which is sustaining. Thank you very much. Print books, and as I have given in my will, half, again print, and half spent for propaganda as you like. In this way go on.
(Srila Prabhupada — October 12, 1977, Vrndavana)