Meaninglessness of Bodies

BODY by Acharya Nagarjuna

I have no body apart
From parts which form it.
I know no parts
Apart from a “body.”

A body with no parts
Would be unformed,
A part of my body apart from my body
Would be absurd.

Were the body here or not,
It would need no parts.
Partless bodies are pointless.
Do not get stuck in the “body.”

I cannot say,
“My body is like its parts.”
I cannot say,
“It’s something else.”

Feelings, perceptions,
Drives, minds, things
Are like this body
In every way.

Conflict with emptiness
Is no conflict;
Objections to emptiness,
No objections.


Pursah: …. As J says late in the Course about God’s teachers, “They watch the dream figures come and go, shift and change, suffer and die. Yet they are not deceived by what they see. They recognize that to behold a dream figure as sick and separate is no more real than to regard it as healthy and beautiful.”

So bodies, sick or healthy, are really all the same, because none of them are true. And there’s not really any difference between sickness and death either. They’re just different illusory levels of the thought of separation from God.

– extract from Your Immortal Reality, Gary R. Renard

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