Sunday 25 June 2023

Individual soul is a religious superstition


Planarian worms cut into pieces, grow into separate organisms. If each organism has a soul, where from did these extra souls come?

Individual soul, jiva, atman is a religious superstition. That it can carry karma is a myth. That it will take rebirth is a myth. That it will go to heaven and hell is a myth. Individual soul is an imagination out of misidentification with the body. The very purpose of realization is to remove this false idea. Then, how can believing in fairy tales built on the misidentification, enlighten you?


chela said...

I really appreciated that text, thank you!
May you tell me where it is found? In what book or text.
Thank you

Manmohan Sethumadhavan said...

These are not exact quotes, but explanations based on the core teachings.


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