You don’t have a soul


You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body, temporarily.
~ Walter M. Miller, Jr.

I heard this quote recently from a dear teacher & friend. There’s another one I heard before, with similar meaning.

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

What is soul?

Dictionary defines it as  “The spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal.”

In the koshas framework, soul is what’s beyond anandamaya kosha. The innermost – the subtlest – the eternal, unchanging reality.

I was talking with a friend today, he asked me about meditation. I asked back “What’s meditation for you?” His answer “To get in touch with inner self”. I think he’s referring to the soul.

Why are we out of touch with the soul? Because of disharmony. Distortion. Dissonance.

What to do about it then? I will write more on next post.


4 thoughts on “You don’t have a soul

  1. I am with you. I think the dissonance is due to the unnatural rhythms of modern industrial and urban society that has disrupted the sense of harmony we feel with the universe. Even the night hasn’t been spared. We can no longer look up and see the stars from most cities. No wonder we are in a state of unease.


  2. The Beatles said it:”All you need is LOVE”.
    It is what makes us realize that we are all ONE. One with each other and with our Divine Source, irrespective of our Name for that Source.

    • Yes Judy… all you need is love. When we realized that Divine Source – we realized that everyone came from the same source – and couldn’t help but love. And serve.

  3. Pingback: You don’t have a soul – part 2 | perpetual work in progress

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