email@example.com (Bill Robicheaux) wrote:
> I am :[not]
> Hindu? Catholic? Moslem? Christian? Buddhist? Protestant? Jain? Athiest? No.
> Mormon? Jewish? Sufist? Taoist? Shintoist? Zoroastrianist? Mithraist?
> Agnosticist? Calvinist? Conficianist? Bahaist? Islamic? French? English? No.
> German? Greek? Italian? Irish? Iranian? American? Swedish? Norweigan?
> Dutch? Japanese? Chinese? African? Peruvian? Mexican? Mongolese? Tibetan? No.
> Plant? Sort of.
> Human? Yes.
> Animal? Yes.
> Living? Perhaps, at least for now.
"I am not a brahmana, I am not a ksatriya, I am not a vaisya or a sudra.
Nor am I a student, a householder, a retired person or a sannyasi. I
identify myself only as the servant of the servant of the lotus feet of
Lord Sri Krishna, the maintainer of the gopis. He is like an ocean of
nectar, and He is the cause of universal transcendental bliss. He is
always existing with brilliance." (Padyavali 74 by Srila Rupa Gosvami)
We are not any of these designations you have mentioned. We are not these
material bodies, we are the spiritual force within, the soul. It is the
soul that animates a "living" body and in the absence of the soul it is a
"dead" body. But the body is always dead... The soul is the life within...
Thank you. Hare Krishna!
All glories to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada!