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What Is Soul?

ayurveda spiritual soul

According to Vedic philosophy every living and non-living being in this universe is a combination of five basic elements called Panchmahabhutas. 
Human body is material production of these five eternal elements in various compositions and different modes of material nature. 
The only difference of living body from the non-living is the expression of spirit soul, life spark or consciousness.

This very small spiritual spark is the basic principle of the material body. Without a soul, the body would have no life at all. 

Soul is situated in the region of the heart. Its nature is immutable, indestructible and eternal. The symptom of the soul's presence is perceived as individual consciousness. Soul's size is described in Bhagavad Gita as one ten-thousandth part of the tip of the hair.

The changes of the body do not affect the soul. Bodies are temporary and made of matter. The soul does not at any time become old, as the body does. As soon as the soul leaves, the body loses all symptoms of consciousness. 

A corpse has a physical body including all sensory and motor organs, but it has no soul and therefore prana or life air cannot be circulated through the body via breathing. After death the soul enters another material body.

The physical side of healing through diet and herbal medicines is only one part of Ayurvedic healing. Traditionally, Ayurveda covers all aspects of health – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

Author: AyurvedaTutorials


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