[Advaita-l] Concept of soul

Mahesh Ursekar mahesh.ursekar at gmail.com
Fri Aug 24 12:14:05 CDT 2007

This complicates matters considerably! Some problems:

1. What happens when a jiva soul leaves the body? How do the "cell souls"
"know" that they have to leave too? Are these "cell souls" reborn?
2. How is a "cell soul" different from the jiva soul? Specifically, does it
take birth in the same manner as a jiva soul i.e. when a subtle body enters
it? Whose body is it?
3. Lastly, though I am not an erudite scholar, I have not heard this concept
of "cell souls". Do u have a reference to literature that says this?

Sadananda-ji concept was a little simpler and if you believe in Occam razor,
it is the easier to go by. But it has its own problems which I touched on in
my last mail.

Thanks (this thread seems never ending doesn't it :-) ), Mahesh

PS> Your ideas sound a lot like the monads of Leibniz. There is a queen
monad (jiva soul) that governs the remaning monads (cell souls). Was the
parallel accidental?

On 8/24/07, Shrinivas Gadkari <sgadkari2001 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> My question was: if you say that the first life-form
> was a cell which was enlivened by a subtle body, then
> what enlivens the millions of cells in our body?
> Namaste,
> Here is what I understand on this topic:
> We can roughly segment the body into two parts:
> 1. Cells make up a human/ animal body. Each
> cell is enlivened by an individual "cell soul".
> 2. Jiva-soul enlivens (or possesses) the body made
> up of cells.
> The cell-souls are free within the constraints
> that jiva-soul places on them. (very much like
> a group of soldiers are free within the
> constraints laid out by their commander).
> The way a "cell-soul" would possess a cell
> when conditions in the cell are conducive,
> a jiva-soul would possess the body when the
> conditions in the body are conducive.
> Regards,
> Shrinivas
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