"The soul has no birth, no death, no beginning, no end. ...It has been always, and always it will be. This is the very being of man. For the soul is alive, it is the spirit of eternal being"
Hazrat Inayat Khan
Is the mind in the brain? Is the soul in the body? Is consciousness a part of Universal Dalai Lama Day? Hmmmmm........ Well as you may have guessed I haven't quite figured it out.......YET! Now what I have also found out is that every body seems to have an opinion, like this one from Dr Paul Brunton, celebrated author, metaphysicist and oriental philosophist:
- "What is it in us that is conscious? Is it the brain? Pah! By brain is meant that touchable and seeable portion of the human body canopied by the bony skull and filled with winding convolutions of grey and white substance, which anatomists handle in the dissecting room. By consciousness is meant the sum total of the changing series of sense-impressions, perceptions, thoughts, feelings, images, intuitions, ideas and memories which we know directly as our own and which cannot be got at by any dissection with a surgical knife".
Hmmmm, well that didn't give me much. "Soul" brought up 50 pages of album covers and R & B jam sessions. There must be a picture of a soul somewhere, wouldn't you think? I mean people talk about souls and stuff all the time don't they? Nup. Nothin'. Oh K. Let's try "Spirits" in the search engine, shall we? Giggle, giggle, a few pictures of 'ghosts', cartoons and lots of alcohol bottles and cans! Nup. Nothin' again. Surely (scratching head)......
Well let's try a description of the soul, there must be something. Woohooo. Finally a description. In my eyes this really does describe the soul. The verse is from the Bhagavad Gita, one of the oldest and best-loved Hindu classics:
How can It die
The death of the body?
Knowing It birthless
Knowing It deathless
Knowing It endless
For ever unchanging. ...
Being of beings,
For ever and ever.
Anyway, I've finally come up with a picture of the SOUL. Well, MY version anyway seeing nobody else could come up with one.