A devotee has to practise to take distance from his feelings. We have to become an observer of our own feelings and judge them from a distance and we practise this. Not just, every time some impulse comes up, then we have to do it – No, we just have to look at it from a distance.
“Look at this, what this mind is doing now”
as if you are a spectator and see what this mind wants from us today. It is amazing what the mind comes up with.
Like that one must be able to observe his own thinking, willing and feeling, the functions of the mind.
So, as a matter of practice, that’s what it means that we are not this body, we start becoming a observer of the body, we can start to think that’s not me.
Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur wrote an article:
‘The real and the apparent self ‘ – and there is a section where he says that he is no longer going to entertain the body and the mind, only as much as it requires to keep the body and the soul together and for the rest he is not going to listen to it he is not going to take it seriously.
He says “For so long I have taken whatever you have presented as my own interest , but no longer I will accept whatever you dictate as I my own, I will clearly see that:
‘it is your desire and not mine’”
Transcribed By Madhumati Devi Dasi
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Sydney October 2010)