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Bodies and Souls

Bodies are temporary and made of matter. “Soul” refers to the self/person/spirit within the body. Bodies come in many varieties—sizes, shapes, colors, species—but spiritually all beings are equal. The soul/self/person inside is what makes any body go.

Souls are permanent and made of spirit. A body without a soul is called “dead.” Souls can live on their own, without bodies. Only in this world do we see souls stuck inside bodies. Spiritual beings are meant to live in a spiritual—rather than a material—world.


"I’m forty-seven. Aging is an undesirable part of my life. I have felt the allure of trying to salvage youthfulness with hair dyes and skin creams. . ."

Our daily lives are like a play—one in which we're so absorbed in our temporary roles that we've completely forgotten our offstage identities.

"We cannot see even the mind and intelligence, so how can we see the soul? But the soul has his existence, his magnitude. . ."

". . . in learning about our bodies—heart, lungs, brain, muscles, veins, arteries—we never asked ourselves, 'Which part makes the body alive?'"

Making sure I had his attention, I said, “Parameshvara, do you know you’re not your body?”
“I’m not?” he exclaimed in amazement. He looked at me expectantly, awaiting explanation.

We’re not bodies that “have” souls. We’re souls who have bodies. Souls don’t require bodies to be able to live. Bodies without souls are called “dead.”