natma vapuh parthivam indriyani
deva hy asur vayur jalam hutasah
mano ’nna-matram dhisana ca sattvam
ahankrtih kham ksitir artha-samyam
The material body made of earth is not the true self; nor are the senses, their presiding demigods or the air of life; nor is the external air, water or fire or one’s mind. All these are simply matter. Similarly, neither one’s intelligence, material consciousness nor ego, nor the elements of ether or earth, nor the objects of sense perception, nor even the primeval state of material equilibrium can be considered the actual identity of the soul.