Life seems such a tangible reality, and yet it is elusive. Today you are & tomorrow you are not. I remind myself of this every day. One by one we slip away. Others will come and we shall go. Every minute is precious. But the body is only a garment. How many times you have changed your clothing in this life, yet because of this you would not say that you have changed. Similarly, when you give up this bodily dress at death you do not change. You are just the same, an immortal soul, a child of God.
Reincarnation means merely a change of mortal dress. But your real self will never change. You must concentrate on your real self, not on the body, which is nothing but a garment.
I sometimes think that sense perceptions are the worst enemies of man, because they make us believe we are something we are not. We did an experiment in our schools. It was regarding sensation of hot and cold. The sensation of cold makes us think we are cold, and the sensation of heat makes us think we are hot. If we would but deny these sensations in our minds we would feel neither cold nor heat. The coldness and hotness is always relative. It applies to everything of the universe. What is your understanding of perception?