In daily life, we use so many instruments. We use pen for writing, vehicle for driving, glasses for reading etc. Suppose our pen or glasses break. Do we say that I am broken? No. Why? This is so because we are convinced that ‘I’ am different from ‘pen’ or ‘glasses’. Nobody needs to teach it. We know it. We know that we are different from pen and that pen doesn’t form a part of me. Why do we believe that we are different from pen and that pen doesn’t form a part of me. Let us think over it. ‘A’ is said to be non-different or a part of ‘B’ only if B cannot exist without A. That there must be a universal relation between A and B whereby B’s presence automatically implies simultaneous presence of A along with B. But there are instances when I use pen and when I don’t use pen. Thus, the use of pen (and therefore its presence along with me) is subject to my desire to use it. If I feel like, I use it or else I don’t. Thus, my presence doesn’t automatically imply the presence of pen along with me. Therefore, I conclude that pen is different from me and also that it is not a part of me. And therefore, I never assert that I am broken if my pen breaks. Obvious, isn’t it?
Now, there comes a tricky situation. It is an experiential fact that in waking state, we use our physical body and mind (which is different from brain) but in dream state, we use only mind. And in dreamless sleep state, we use neither the body nor the mind. But I exist in dreamless sleep. I exist in dreamless sleep without using my body/mind. Thus, isn’t it clear that my presence doesn’t automatically imply the presence of body or mind along with me? Thus, aren’t mind and body analogous to the pen? We use pen whenever we feel like and we don’t use if we don’t want to write. Likewise, if we want to go to dreamless sleep, we simply reject the use of body/mind. In waking state, we feel like using body/mind and therefore we use it. Thus, it is clear that my presence doesn’t automatically imply the presence of body/mind along with me. Mind/body exist in dreamless sleep, but not along with me but independent of me. I have no connection with them in deep sleep. Thus, isn’t it very clear that ‘I’ am different from my instruments namely body and mind, which are absolutely analogous to pen.
It is intellectually clear and understood.
Still, if our mind is sad/happy/emotional, we say ‘I am sad/happy/emotional’. If our body is walking/eating/running, we say ‘I am walking/eating/running’. Thus, basically we say ‘I am broken’ if our mind/body (pen) breaks. Isn’t it sheer stupidity? Isn’t it crass foolishness?
Question is, why do we knowingly do such foolishness?