Our ignorance is the cause of our suffering – ignorance that makes us believe that we are the body, the mind, and the ego. This ignorance makes us the doer. Our actions create karmas, and we are reborn to face the consequences of our actions. If there was no ignorance, there would be no suffering. Our realization removes our ignorance and reveals our true nature. We are not the doer, nor the thinker. We are a power – the power is enveloped with the ignorance of the body and mind and this body–mind–soul complex lives, dies and suffers as it enjoys its human existence on Earth. There are some things that we can analyse and understand, but there are some things that are beyond human comprehension.
Realization is a gift of a very few. It needs deep contemplation of the truth that eventually leads us to liberation from suffering. Most of humanity suffers due to ignorance. It is like the man who screams that he saw a snake. He runs in fear and agony until he is shown that it was not a snake, but a rope. His mistaken understanding and his ignorance created the fear and suffering. We live and die in ignorance of what appears to be true. We appear to be the body and mind, but in reality, we are not. Because we think we are the body, mind and ego, we accumulate karmas that lead to rebirth and suffering.
On the realization that we are neither the body, nor the mind, we don’t accumulate karmas. If we continue to live in the ignorance that we are the ego and the body-mind complex, then there is no way of escaping from karma and suffering. When I realized that I was the energy – not the ego, mind, and body – the realization led to the overcoming of ignorance.
How did I overcome the illusion that “I” was creating karmas? How did I reach the state where I felt that “I” do not suffer? The body and mind may be doing something, but I disown these actions as they are not my actions. I am energy, not ME – the Mind and Ego – which is an illusion. The body is dead matter. I am imprisoned in this body and mind because of my own previous karmas. My present ignorance makes me suffer continuously. If I live with the realization of the truth that I am not the body, mind and ego, then I do not become the doer of actions. I will, therefore, not create any karma, nor will I be reborn.