When one realizes the Brahman, the role of the body as just a physical vessel to travel through the transactional reality becomes apparent. So in that case, does one start to havea dissociated identity to their body?

Like just stop caring about what my body feels or experiences. I just take everything as it comes, since karma only sticks to this body and not my true self. One does good just for the sake of doing something. There is nothing to gain or lose.

For example, I might get sick, I do the minimum to get myself checked as am apathetic towards my body. Or, I burn my hands, I feel the pain but the scar or the blister doesn't really bother me as it is just a transactional reality. Or do some charity work, get duped by organizers for a million dollars and lose every bit of possessions. I don't feel any concern about my next meal or my place to sleep, for it's just a maya. Is this the case?

  • Yes and No. The main difference between realized and unrealized is like between a programmer and gamer. A gamer focus is to only enjoy a mobile or computer game without concerning how the game was designed, but a programmer knows the inner coding of game. Similarly, common people want to go with social rules, customs, worship Gods, have family, earn wealth without knowing how and why this matrix Maya was set up in the first place but ending in death. Read Gita for understanding Atman, even Krishna had atman gyan, but he was a just king.Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha is the order to be followed.
    – user21800
    Nov 5, 2020 at 3:41

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Srimad Bhagavatam 11.13.36

dehaṁ ca naśvaram avasthitam utthitaṁ vā
siddho na paśyati yato 'dhyagamat svarūpam
daivād apetam atha daiva-vaśād upetaṁ
vāso yathā parikṛtaṁ madirā-madāndhaḥ

"𝐉𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐝𝐫𝐮𝐧𝐤𝐞𝐧 𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐟 𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐚𝐭 𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐭, 𝐬𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐲, 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟-𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐮𝐬 𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠. 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐞𝐝, 𝐢𝐟 𝐛𝐲 𝐆𝐨𝐝’𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐫 𝐢𝐟 𝐛𝐲 𝐆𝐨𝐝’𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐛𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐚 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲, 𝐚 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟-𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐨𝐮𝐥 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞, 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐝𝐫𝐮𝐧𝐤𝐞𝐧 𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬."

Commentary by Sri Vishvanath Chakravarti

Two verses describe the state of the person who has perfected , jñāna who is jévanmukta. He does not pay attention when he has risen from a seat or sits down again because he has attained realization of Brahman (svarüpam). An example is given. A drunken person is not aware if he is wearing or not wearing clothing.

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.13.37

deho 'pi daiva-vaśa-gaḥ khalu karma yāvat
svārambhakaṁ pratisamīkṣata eva sāsuḥ
taṁ sa-prapañcam adhirūḍha-samādhi-yogaḥ
svāpnaṁ punar na bhajate pratibuddha-vastuḥ

"𝐀𝐬 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐤𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐤𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐬, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐠𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐛𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐬, 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐰𝐨𝐤𝐞𝐧 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐬𝐥𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐚 𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐦 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫."

Commentary by Sri Vishvanath Chakravarti

As long has one has karmas to be experienced even the liberated person will continue living while observing his experience of karma.
Will he sometimes become attached again? No. He does not enjoy the body with senses, senses objects and material enjoyment. He is like a person who has woken up and does not experience the dream body again.


I'm answering it from the perspective of my guru. Actually if you've realized the Brahman nature of yourself, you don't have to give up everything and give away all your wealth to charity. You just realize that this whole world is a playground, you just play your part. You'll be unaffected by the ups and downs of the life and you just see the life as it is. This play should go on as it is and you just see yourself as a player who's playing knowing the player nature. The whole realization is to free you from the suffering of human nature. The illustrations you gave are not of a realised one but a person who is Tamasic, lazy and lethargic. As said in the Bhagavad Gita 2.55, when one discards all selfish desires and cravings of the senses that torment the mind, and becomes satisfied in the realization of the self, such a person is said to be transcendentally situated. So you'll transcend the desires and fear. Greatest of the sorrows cannot shatter you.

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