Answer: To rise above the body means to rise in your qualities, desires, and feelings so that there is no connection between what you feel in the body and what you feel in your “I,” in the spirit. No connection at all!
In this case when the body really dies, the “I” remains to exist independently because it managed to break away before the death of this body, it managed to get out of it. And until we realize the exit from the body, we will always return to it and thus regenerate in it.
From KabTV’s “Close up. Theater of the Absurd” 7/18/10