How Can a Porous Heart Hold the Atomic Soul?

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How Can a Porous Heart Hold the Atomic Soul?

Postby backtohome » Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:10 am

Question: How Can a Porous Heart Hold the Atomic Soul?

Srila Gurudeva, one of my relatives questioned me, "If the atma, the atomic soul, is so small, smaller than the tiniest point on the tip of a hair, how is it able stay in the heart when the heart is seen under the microscope to have so many holes joined by molecules? Just as a sieve cannot hold water, the atma, being so small, cannot be held by the porous heart." This is his question. How can I answer him?


Answer: The Atma, the Atomic Soul, Floats in Five Kinds of Air

Just as by the power of God so many planets are floating in outer space, in a similar way the atomic soul is floating within the heart on five different kinds of airs. This is described as follows in the Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad (3.1.9):

eṣo 'ṇur ātmā cetasā veditavyo
yasmin prāṇaḥ pańcadhā saṁviveśai
prāṇaiś cittaṁ sarvam otaṁ prajānāṁ
yasmin viśuddhe vibhavaty eṣa ātmā

"The soul is atomic in size and can be perceived by perfect intelligence. This atomic soul is floating in the five kinds of air (prāṇa, apāna, vyāna, samāna and udāna), is situated within the heart, and spreads its influence all over the body of the embodied living entities. When the soul is purified from the contamination of the five kinds of material air, its spiritual influence is exhibited."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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