By Niraj Bidawatka
The size of the spirit soul is mentioned in the Śvetaśvatara Upanishad (5.9) to be the ten-thousandth part of the tip of the hair. If one takes the tip of the hair and divides it into hundred parts and then takes one of these divided parts and further divides it into hundred parts, then what remains is the size of the soul. Since the soul is so tiny, it is not possible to see the spirit soul with the naked eyes.
The soul is situated in the region of the heart. It is due to the presence of such a tiny particle that the complex machinery of the body is working. It makes the gigantic body of an elephant work as well as the tiny body of an ant. When the soul leaves the body, it is called a dead body. One of the most pertinent questions that arises is that if the soul is present in the body, then why can we not see it. The answer is that it is very small and our senses being imperfect, cannot see things that are too small or too big, things that are very near or very far away. The ears cannot hear sounds that cross a particular decibel limit.
Moreover the soul is spiritual in nature whereas the eyes that we possess are material. Material means made up of matter such as earth, water, fire, air and sky. Since matter and spirit are incompatible, material eyes cannot see spirit. Spirit is anti-matter, or opposite to matter. Matter is always dead whereas spirit is eternally full of life. Thus the soul is a living entity, who infuses life into dead matter, such as the various 8.4 million types of bodies.
3G technology in mobile telephony allows us to make video calls, i.e. we can see the person, whom we are calling. However we need to have 3G compatible handsets to derive the benefit of seeing our friend on the other side of the line. Similarly if we want to see the soul and our dearmost friend Krishna, the Supersoul, then we need to have compatible spiritual eyes. We cannot see them with our present material eyes. The eyes however can be spiritualized by chanting Hare Krishna.
Our real identity is that we are individual spirit souls who are occupying our respective bodies. “I am not this body, I am the spirit soul (atmā)” But in the conditioned stage, we identify ourselves as the body. We think that “I am the body” and therefore we are working hard to satisfy the needs of the body. Inspite of working hard and giving the best comforts to the senses, no conditioned soul is absolutely happy or satisfied because he has neglected to provide comfort to the spirit soul.
The spirit soul can become happy only when it comes in contact with Krishna, Who is the source of all living entities. Therefore we find that the devotees, who are living with no material possessions in the mountains and jungles, are very blissful. Big celebrities and tycoons, who have the best of material comforts, visit them to find solace from worldly anxieties. Why is it so? This is because the devotees are in touch with the Supersoul and thus they are always in a state of bliss. If the soul is nourished, then automatically the body gets nourished.
The soul can be nourished by devotional activities such as hearing about the activities of Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead and chanting His holy name. We therefore request you to kindly listen to the Bhagavad Gita lectures and Hare Krishna Kirtans that are recently uploaded on our website. Download them on your mobile phones so that you can listen to them in your spare time. We suggest that you set aside at least 30 minutes to listen to the Kirtans. If you do this, then, within a fortnight you will find that you have made enormous spiritual progress. You don’t have to approach a spiritual counsellor to understand this, you can evaluate it yourself. So please do it. There is no loss in it but the gain will be substantial.