"Self is always the Self; it is never non-Self; but somehow it became identified with the body and with the whole objective field of life. So the ‘I’ got mixed up with ‘mine’; and when the ‘I’ awakens fully to its own original identity, then is the taste of immortality.
The practice is just for this—to awaken to one’s own immortal reality. And practice means we go beyond that which we have been identified all the time—we transcend that, and transcend, and transcend, and transcend.... With time the taste of transcendental consciousness begins to be a little more lasting, more lasting, more lasting, and gradually the long identification with the boundaries of the body and the surroundings begins to dissolve.
Those impressions begin to melt. Through change you transcend change. That is why it says, through ignorance you cross beyond the field of change—through ignorance. Because enlightenment is the reality; ignorance is a mirage.
But to be immortal, you have first to cross beyond the boundaries of change. Through change you transcend change; you taste immortality."
-Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, 6 December 1964, History of Thirty Years around the World