The Nature of Soul

This is the continuation of the Soul and its Nature post

The soul can never be cut into pieces by any weapon, nor can it be burned by fire, nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind. (Bhagavad Gita as it is 2.23)

Believer or non-believer, East or West, there would hardly be any person who would have not heard the lines above. These lines come from the holy book of Hindus called “The song of God” (Bhagavad Gita). These lines explain how the soul is indestructible. It can never die. And that soul is immortal is not only a statement that comes from Hindu scriptures; there are many evidences in Holy Bible also that the soul doesn’t die with the body. For example this statement:

Ecclesiastes 12:5-7

Furthermore, men are afraid of a high place and of terrors on the road; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags himself along, and the caperberry is ineffective. For man goes to his eternal home while mourners go about in the street. Remember Him before the silver cord is broken and the golden bowl is crushed, the pitcher by the well is shattered and the wheel at the cistern is crushed; then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.

A dead body is nothing but a body without soul. A body is alive as long as there is soul inside and as soon as the body becomes unfit for soul to live in, it moves on to another new body and this cycle goes on and on and on, till we start seeking an answer on how to stop it.

The whole science of spirituality is based on one fact – the existence of soul. This is the foundation; if one cannot accept the existence of soul, then the  doors of spirituality are closed to him, because then everything will limit itself to this gross body and this gross body is unfortunately perishable.

There is one point we all would agree on, and that is that we all are looking for love and happiness. Whether we look for it in drugs, movies, boyfriends, girlfriends, dance, alcohol, or smoking – we are looking for happiness. But still we don’t feel satisfied; and if you think you are satisfied, wait for just some months and you will find yourself looking for some other sources of so called happiness.

The ancient scriptures tell us that if any of us would be given all beautiful women/men of this world, all riches, all luxuries, name, fame and what not – we would still not be satisfied. At some point or other we are sure to feel frustrated. Let us take one example – Beatles. Who wouldn’t know Beatles? Would you all agree with me that they had all the riches, women were crazy for them, name and fame – they had everything what a mortal can aspire for. But then they turned to Spirituality, especially George Harrison. They all turned Vegetarians as the very first step and went to Eastern part of the globe to seek for a higher truth than all the riches they had had to offer.

Now coming back to our original point that we all are looking for happiness, the question is why we want happiness and why we are not able to find it and why it seems so transitory that we have to again and again look for new sources of happiness. The answer is very simple – as a soul, our nature is “sad-cit-ananda”. That means the nature of soul is that it is ever existing, always full of knowledge and always blissful. And now we have come in contact with a place where nothing is eternal and that is why we feel again and again frustrated in our pursuit of happiness. The fact is that we are looking for happiness in wrong place and in wrong way. And which is the right place and what is the right place? We will discuss it in our next post.

Comments

  1. Wow… this is deep. I think I'm in over my head but I will just say that I enjoyed reading this post and feel that you're on to something.

    No amount of any "one" thing or collection of things can compensate for the lack of a relationship with the divine.

  2. Hi Jemaine
    Thanks for your kind words. Posting such thoughts become more worthwhile when we get appreciating readers like you. There is more to come, so stay around :)

  3. A body without a soul within is dead, dead literally and dead emotionally.
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  4. steffphani says:

    i feel freedom reading this post. Somewhere in my heart that touches my soul. Thanks for your very great insights about life. I would love to go back here to read more of your blogs. Thanks..
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    • Hi Steffphani
      Thanks for your beautiful words. Life indeed is a mystery and we need to unveil it before it is too late – so that we can head towards a higher destination.
      Do come back
      thanks

  5. I think you've really caught the issue for a lot of people who seek happiness in the wrong places. So few people are really at peace and are looking for it in drugs, alcohol, their careers or unhappy marriages when the peace really comes from within.

    Thank you for sharing this. I look forward to your next article!
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    • Thanks Carolyn for reading this post and for your kind and encouraging words too. I had a strong feeling, even when I was 16 years old, that there is no true happiness here – since everything we are so called trying to enjoy is going to finish with death. I started to look for something for higher, more permanent and eternal, and it was after 3 years that I started to get answers…..

      Though I still get deviated sometimes and myself start to look for some happiness from temporary things but it doesnt take me very long to realize that I have started heading in a wrong direction 😉
      do come back.
      thanks

    • Yeah… living life "sober" does take a lot of courage.

      Nice to see you here again Carolyn!

  6. I think you've really caught the issue for a lot of people who seek happiness in the wrong places. So few people are really at peace and are looking for it in drugs, alcohol, their careers or unhappy marriages when the peace really comes from within.
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  7. maintaing the soul is like maintaining the physical body.if you neglect either one they get weak and have issues.
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  8. These kind of articles are naturally hard to read, however yours is very deep and enjoyable. I am very interested in perception analysis and finding other ways to understand mind and soul without the general ways of knowing. Thanks for your post!
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    • Thanks Kate! I am happy that you found the article interesting.
      there is more to come.
      please stay tuned.

  9. What a wonderful subject and I really enjoyed this post Vitaly.

    It's very hard for me to understand why people can't find happiness from within. I am divorced and have been for over 21 years plus I don't have any children. So I live with my dog and besides my family and close friends, I have no one else in my life. But I'm deliriously happy. Why? Because I don't need other things to make me happy. I appreciate life, I am thankful and grateful for what God has bestowed upon me, I am my own person and I have everything in life I could ever need. I'm not talking wealth and riches either. I have the love of my family and friends and that totally fills me up. People who look outside themselves for things to make them happy will never find true happiness.

    Okay, that's just my take in all of this and I enjoyed reading your post today. I love these topics because it gets people to really thinking. I appreciate you taking the time and sharing.

    Have a blessed day,

    Adrienne
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    • Nice to see you again Adrienne … you are absolutely right about finding that inner happiness before looking for it elsewhere.
      It's good to give these things a thought, as these spiritual breakthroughs can make a difference. I'm glad you got that part covered; the love of friends and family does wonders.

  10. What a beautiful post. I am very excited to read the next part. Happiness is truly within. Nevertheless, we are immortal and seeking happiness is a continuous journey and can't be found permanently. But we can go to places within ourselves and seek those instead of numbing is with stuff and people that don't aspire to seek for it.
    Your post came right on time as a reminder not to worry too much about every-day stuff, thank you,

    Franziska San Pedro
    The Abstract Impressionist Artress

  11. So true! We're all looking for money, fame, sex, thinking these things are the ones that bring happiness. But that happiness doesn't last, it's not real. True happiness can only be found by reaching a higher layer of spirituality.
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  12. I actually believe also in the soul. Its mystery could be very amazing and puzzling. Anyways, I really appreciate your words. They’re so humble and very inspiring. I hope you will inspire lots of people and I hope you will continue sharing something like this.
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  13. What's interesting about the soul is that almost everyone believes it exists, regardless of what religion they have. And since we're mostly running on energy, it's not that difficult to think that once we die that energy lives on in a form or another.
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