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Science of the Soul

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Science without conscience is the death of the soul.

The soul is the part of us that transmigrates after our life ends.  It is the part of us that never dies; it is what gives the rest of our body vitality and movement.  The soul determines the fate, consciousness, and presence of the body. When the body loses life, we say than Joe has passed away or passed on, but what is it that has ‘passed on/ away?’ It is that nonperishable quality of ourselves that migrates towards fulfillment of its next journey.  The body perishes: decays in the grave, burns to ashes, or sits in the morgue so while this tangible and temporary part of us dies that immortal and omnipotent part of us passes on.

The soul ignites the body: it brings the body into existence, brings consciousness to the body, and allows us to live. Without the soul there is no ‘I.’ Have you ever wondered what makes you you? Your hands, your heart, your body; a body is just a body, a hand is just a hand, and a heart is just a heart. What makes it uniquely yours is the soul. Physical characteristics of the body are determined by genetics and our bodies also may be predisposed to some mental and emotional states due to this, but it is the soul that puts the characteristics, the mental states, and mental acuity together to make you You.

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“But souls can’t be sold. They can only be lost and never found again.”

In chapter 2, verse 17 of the Bhagvad Gita it is stated, ‘that which pervades the entire body is indestructible. No one can destroy the imperishable soul.” There is no living entity in this world that has not come into existence before.  Every life form that exists now: plant, mammal, reptile has existed before in another form: bacteria, bird, or amphibian.  Every creature goes through its respective cycle of rebirth trying to perfect their devotional service or bhakti that would liberate the soul from this cycle and return it to Godhead or Krishna to assume its natural and original nature: service to Krishna. Every soul has a purpose, every soul is some part of the divine haven and struggles every life and all life to attain that perfect state to return there.

Science tells us that humans are the most evolved of species the Bhagvad Gita further tells us that we are the most spiritually evolved species.  Humans and animals engage in four common activities: eating, sleeping, mating and defending.  What makes humans more highly evolved is consciousness: the ability to think, react, and rationalize.  Although all living beings are souls part of the divine, the human state is the closest and necessary state to achieving liberation.

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For truly we are all angels temporarily hiding as humans

You have traveled across many births to have achieved this state of human hood.  What will determine your progression or digression from or towards liberation is your bhakti and your karmic balance.

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Newton’s law of karma: Hinduism’s law of motion

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who knew Dominos was a game of Karma?

who knew Dominos was a game of Karma?

Science has explained that when any object exerts a force, it is met with an equal and opposite force.  The collision of these two forces result in a movement.  The study of this movement is largely carried out by physicists, most notable of whom gave us our 3rd law of motion: for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction.  The application of this law extends beyond observable actions, such as a fish swimming in water, but affects our thoughts and has an implication in reincarnation.

The notion of reincarnation assumes that each life is a progression of the soul and the Law of Karma is the equalizer of that notion.  Like Newton’s law, the Law of Karma is a law produced by cause and effect. Actions we perform initiate reactions from other people, nature, or from ourselves. Reactions can be observed within minutes, days, years, or lifetimes.  Once we initiate an action, it is recorded in our ‘karmic bank account’ and considering the intent and outcome associated with our action, we receive either good or bad karma.

A boy jumping on the ground is a movement resulting from his jumping force; this force, coupled with the force the ground exerts to push him up results in his movement upwards; this is the law of motion. Intention is a major factor when assessing the karmic value of an action. Him jumping into the middle of the street to save a child is entirely different from him jumping over a fence to get away from the police.

People say that karma is ‘a bitch’. Yes. She is the bitch that bites back, but why? Because we make it so.   It is the man himself who prompts his suffering; every act, word, and thought has a rippling effect; it is this rippling effect that produces karma. So the cause(us) creates the effect (the outcome) and the outcome (the effect of the initial action) acts upon the initial cause (us.) Let me give you an example: when I was in law school I had a professor who after grading one of my first assignments predicted that I would fail out of her class and made other hurtful remarks. Several months later she was diagnosed with cancer.  Thus, she (cause) was rude and inappropriate which (effect) made myself and others doubt our own abilities.  Then she received a diagnosis of cancer (effect) which produced the same anguish and doubt (cause) for her. I’m not certain if this was a genetic limbo or the karmic hand, but I do know she will ‘reap what she has sowed.’

Every time we think, speak, or act we create an observable or unobservable effect.  We unleash an energy into the universe and that same energy finds its way back to us in some form; hence the saying we reap what we sow.  Sourced from the Bhagvad Gita, past Karma predetermines four main aspects of our lives: our birth family, our income level, our education level, and our physical appearance. Just these four factors have a very strong influence on our lives, and then, in addition, we struggle with karmic reactions daily. Although Karma does not eradicate free will, the Vedic texts do tell us that ‘actions are guided by the Law of Karma and free will is very limited.’

Hinduism believes that all souls are eternal and are stuck in this vicious cycle of rebirth: samsara.  Every life is not only a progression of our soul, but is determined by past karmas; good karma elicits good fortune while bad karma results in misery and misfortune.  Although this is far from the complete understanding of Karma, I am not here to preach or promote Hinduism; I am here to heighten the awareness of YOUR soul and internal power. So act consciously because the love, hate, manipulation, or compassion you give to others is what you will get back; in this life or the next.

Please visit http://hinduism.iskcon.org/concepts/103.htm for more information on karma.

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