evam yoni-gato jivah
sa nityo nirahankrtah
tavat svatvam hi tasya tat
evam—thus; yoni-gatah—being within a specific species of life; jivah—the living entity; sah—he; nityah—eternal; nirahankrtah—without identification with the body; yavat—as long as; yatra—where; upalabhyeta—he may be found; tavat—that long; svatvam—the concept of self; hi—indeed; tasya—of him; tat—that.
Even though one living entity becomes connected with another because of a relationship based on bodies that are perishable, the living entity is eternal. Actually it is the body that is born or lost, not the living entity. One should not accept that the living entity takes birth or dies. The living being actually has no relationship with so-called fathers and mothers. As long as he appears as the son of a certain father and mother as a result of his past fruitive activities, he has a connection with the body given by that father and mother. Thus he falsely accepts himself as their son and acts affectionately. After he dies, however, the relationship is finished. Under these circumstances, one should not be falsely involved with jubilation and lamentation.
When the living entity lives within the material body, he falsely thinks that he is the body, although actually he is not. His relationship with his body and his so-called father and mother are false, illusory conceptions. These illusions continue as long as one is not enlightened about the situation of the living entity.
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