Srila Bhaktisiddhanta: The Voice of The Awakened Soul
Posted on February 7, 2018
The awakened soul says in effect to the mind and body. 'I am not identical with you. I do not want what you require. I have so long believed that I was identical with yourselves and that our interests were the same. But I now find that I am really and categorically different from you.
I am made wholly of the principle of self-consciousness while both of you are made of dead matter. Being matter you can act and be acted upon by matter under the Laws of Nature. Nature makes and unmakes you, but she has no power over me. I am not benefitted by Your growth or harmed by your decay. You grow and decay by the laws that govern your relationships with this physical universe. Falsely identifying myself with you I find myself compelled to suffer pain and pleasure due to the physical problems that overtake you. I find myself unnaturally yoked to your functions such as eating, drinking, producing thought, etc. etc. and am forced to believe them to be my own functions by which I am benefitted. Of course, I shall have to stay with you as long as it is intended by providence that I should suffer the consequences of this unnatural alliance with you. But I shall from this time do nothing to please you. I shall permit you to do only what I consider to be necessary for my well-being — regaining my natural position of free conscious existence unhampered by an unnatural domination caused by longing for material enjoyment. I refuse to be any more a slave of the sensuous inclinations of the mind and body."
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, "Sri Caitanya's Teachings" part 2, p.78.