Jagad Guru Chris Butler quotes – On Clinical Death

Almost everyone who has researched clinical death agrees that a significant number of individuals (about 35 percent, according to the Gallup poll) have had experiences while their bodies were clinically dead. This not only means that these people continued to exist after their bodies were dead, but also that they were aware of their existence.

Jagad Guru Chris Butler – Science of Identity Foundation

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You cannot have experiences unless you exist, nor can you experience anything unless you are aware of your existence.

Jagad Guru Chris Butler – Science of Identity Foundation

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You don’t need to have an out-of-body experience in order to know that your existence does not depend on the existence of your body.

Jagad Guru Chris Butler – Science of Identity Foundation

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Yogis have a meditation technique that helps them to realize that they are not the body. All day long they say to themselves, “I am aware that I am doing such-and-such.” By doing this they experience a type of detachment from their body and its activities. While a yogi is eating, for example, he’ll say to himself. “I am aware that I am eating … I am aware that I am tasting something sweet.” He doesn’t dive into the taste—rather, he is a little apart from it. He gradually becomes detached from all the body’s activities, sensations, feelings, and so on. He is aware that things are happening, but he’s untouched by it. He’s free from the movement of the waves of sensations, thoughts, and so on that pass over him. He’s the calm center of the storm that rages all around him. Such a yogi and a hedonist are exact opposites in consciousness. The yogi stands apart from the body and the hedonist dives into it—trying to savor every pleasant sensual tingle. And by diving into the sensual gratification, he is diving into the material senses—that is, he is becoming more deeply immersed in false bodily identification.

Jagad Guru Chris Butler – Science of Identity Foundation

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Jagad Guru Chris Butler quotes – A Real-Life Question

“Who am I?” Maybe you’ve never even asked yourself this question. You might think you already know who you are. Unfortunately, however, it’s likely that you don’t know who you are at all. And if you don’t know your real identity, you’re in trouble. You’ll spend your life in a kind of dream state—you’ll falsely identify yourself as something or someone you aren’t. Then, on the basis of this false identification, you’ll determine the goals of your life and the purpose of your existence. You use these goals to gauge whether you are making “progress” in life, whether you are a “success.” And you are aided and abetted in this delusion by a complex network of relationships with other dreamers. Of course, at death (and sometimes before), the whole thing turns into a nightmare.
So knowing who you are is a very practical necessity. The question “Who am I?” is not a philosophical football meant to be kicked around coffeehouses by pseudo-intellectuals. It’s a real-life question. Nothing is more important and more relevant than to know who you are.
Jagad Guru Chris Butler – Science of Identity Foundation
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If you, the self, erroneously identify with the physical body—if you believe “I am the body”—then this deluded condition is called false ego.

Jagad Guru Chris Butler – Science of Identity Foundation

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Every one of us continues to live, even though our childhood bodies have long disappeared. Your “baby” body and “childhood” body have ceased existing, but you have not ceased existing.

Jagad Guru Chris Butler – Science of Identity Foundation

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Your body has a beginning and an end; your body is subject to birth and death; but you, the spark of life within the body, are eternal.

Jagad Guru Chris Butler – Science of Identity Foundation

Jagad Guru Chris Butler quotes – Are You Just a Collection of Atoms and Molecules?

What is your essence? Is it matter—a mere collection of material atoms and molecules? Or is it something else?

Jagad Guru Chris Butler – Science of Identity Foundation

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The physical body is made up of countless numbers of tiny material particles called molecules and atoms. These material particles are constantly being replaced by material particles from the outside environment (in the form of food, water, air, and so on). Over a period of five to seven years, this process of metabolism brings about a complete change of the matter that makes up your body.

Jagad Guru Chris Butler – Science of Identity Foundation

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Those who claim that the self can continue to exist only if the body continues to exist must explain how come they and other selves exist despite the fact that their “baby,” “child,” and “adolescent” bodies no longer exist.

Jagad Guru Chris Butler – Science of Identity Foundation

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In the same way that the passing of the “childhood” body does not bring about the cessation of your (the self’s) existence, so the passing away of the “old” body will not bring about the cessation of your existence.

Jagad Guru Chris Butler – Science of Identity Foundation