feature-article >> Soul Permanent with respect to Body but not Absolutely

Last Update: 4th May 2011   VIEWS: 2,843

Author: Datta Swami
God gave the ability of creating robot, a duplicate human being, to the humanity to show that a human being is a created item only. The human being includes the soul, which is a special work form of inert energy. The inert energy was created by God as the first item in the beginning of the creation. This inert energy is manifested in several forms like light, heat, electricity, magnetism and various work forms. The work forms become different since the same inert energy works in different systems. A system needs material, which is matter. For example, respiration is a specific work from of inert energy and needs the specific system called lungs. A lung is made of matter. Therefore, the same inert energy is manifested in the form of matter. The work in general, is called as kinetic energy. The energy associated with a static body is called as potential energy. The potential energy can be converted into kinetic energy when the system works. Matter is in three states called as gas (vayu), liquid (jalam) and solid (bhumi). The inert energy in invisible state is called as space (aakaasha) and in visible state is called as fire (agni).

Soul is the general awareness called as awareness of awareness, which is the specific work form of inert energy functioning in the specific nervous system. The various sub-modes of the same general work (awareness) are called as feelings or qualities. The general awareness is stated as ‘Atman’ whereas, the same general awareness existing in different sub-modes is called as ‘Jeeva’. The main sub-modes are four types called as ‘Antahkaranams’ viz. the mind, the intelligence, the memory and basic ego identified as ‘I’ (Manas, Buddhi, Chittam and Ahankara). It is like various sub-modes of the same working computer. The general functioning of a computer can be taken as soul and the main facilities of the work can be taken as ‘Antahkaranams’. This general functioning associated with various aspects of work can be taken as ‘Jeeva’. The electrical energy is the inert energy. If the various systems involved in the generation of the electricity are also associated with the computer, it represents a human being.
The Veda says clearly that the soul is generated from food. This means that the food is oxidized to produce inert energy and the inert energy is converted into awareness.

The Vedic statement is an indirect step of generation. If you have dollars, you can convert them into rupees and with rupees, you can purchase any item in India. You can say that you can purchase any item with dollar and such statement is the indirect statement. All this means that the soul is an imaginable item of creation but not the unimaginable creator. In the Bhagavatam it is said that certain souls were hidden by Brahma and God in the form of Krishna created the same souls again. This itself proves that the soul is created [item] and not the creator. If the soul were to be the creator, it cannot be created again by duplication. However, the soul is permanent or eternal with respect to human body as said in the Gita (Nahanyate hanyamaane…). Such eternality is only relative but not absolute. The soul enters energetic body after death, while the human body perishes and such eternality of the soul is not real, permanent and absolute.