SOUL : THE NON MATERIAL CELL
Having punctured the faulty argument which sought to reduce consciousness to an epiphenomenon of neurochemistry, and having adduced evidence that we are indeed conscient, non material entities, i.e. souls, operating a physical body.its seem appropriate before going on to drow a more precise picture of what the soul really is….
This is both very easy and very difficult. It’s easy because you are already a soul, and simply by observing your mental processes you will discover a great deal about your present nature. This self-observation alone, however, will not reveal the hidden potentials of the self, nor can one attain the necessary amount of distance from One’s own mental functioning to observe with accuracy. To do that requires knowledge.
The soul is very small and very subtle. One may best picture it as a point – source of conscient light. The soul being non-material cannot of an ordinary body cell, at least for purposes of simplifed explanation. A cell is composed of three different functions units : the cell body, the cell membrane and nucleus. Similarly the soul may be understood to manifest in three distinct modes: mind, intellect and latencies (sanskaras or personality traits).
Applying this cellular scheme to the soul’s functioning, the mind may be compared to the cell body, which digests nutrient materials and turns into protoplasm bringing about growth. In the same way, the mind produces throughs, which are the nutrient of soul. If that thought is elevated and pure, the soul grows, if the thought is debased and vicious, the soul degenerates.
But just as the cell body’s activity depends on the type of material which has been allowed in by the cell membrane, in the same way, the intellect acts a screening and monitoring device, determining which sorts of influences from the environment should be needed and which ignored, which books should be read, for example, which thoughts imbibed. The intellect chooses, in other world, how the soul is to grow.
Finally, the cell’s nucleus determine its overall natural though it’s possession of the genetic Material. It’s nucleic acid molecules will govern not only it’s present structure, but also the future generations of cells produced through the cell division. In like manner, the soul’s latent tendencies, or sanskaras, determine how the individual functions and responds to its environment. Of course, the sanskaras are malleable, and the intellect, by causing the mind to produce pure thoughts, can change the genetic code of sanskaras, making it immune, for instance, to the negative pressures of unhealthy environment. This indeed is one of the benefits of RAJYOGA MEDITATION.
Now it is clear that soul is the master of whole body. Mind, intellect and personality traits are the faculties of soul. As all the nervous mechanisms integrate at the upper central region of the hypothalamus, it’s suitable for the soul to operate conveniently from this locus. Surface marking of the locus of the soul done at centre of the forehead.
The understanding of correct spiritual knowledge, practice of meditation and righteous action will make the soul healthy by putting him in the natural state of complete peace, love, bliss, purity, and power.