What Is The Difference Between Soul And God?
The difference between God and the Soul explained.
The Soul itself is God; even in the ignorant state, the Soul is the God. The difference lies only in the understanding. For example, when one is at home, people will say, ‘He is this woman’s husband.’ And when he goes to work, people say, ‘He is the boss/employee.’ And when he is with his children, people will say ‘He is a father.’ But he is the same person throughout.
Similarly, it is the same Soul that is in the ignorant state; in the interim state; and in the absolute state (God)! And each one has ascribed an adjective according to the work or the role one plays or performs. God is within each one of us in the form of a pure Soul, in an indivisible form. Since we have the ignorance of ‘Who am I’ and out of that ignorance, we believe ‘I am this body’, we are an ordinary living being; and as and when we realize that “I am not the body or the name given to my body; I am only a pure Soul” then you yourself are God.
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From Soul to God
The Soul of every living being is perfect in every way and is completely independent of the inner thoughts or the outer actions of the living being within which it resides. Just as oil and water never mix, the Soul and the body it resides in, never mix. The reason why we are unaware of Its existence and cannot experience Its glorious properties is that it is covered by infinite veils of ignorance.
These infinite veils of ignorance can be broken only after Self-realization. This is the moment when you stop binding new karma and start finishing all your pending karma. When all this karma is exhausted, the pure Soul is completely uncovered. Such pure Soul without any veils or coverings is the Absolute God!
The Soul cannot be seen, felt or understood by any of our five senses, the Soul can only be experienced. It can be experienced through its inherent properties. The Soul has infinite properties and that is the very definition of what is God:
- God is infinite Knowledge.
- God is infinite Vision.
- God is the ultimate Truth.
- God is pure Love.
- God is unaffected by any pain or pleasure.
- God is infinite Bliss.
How to experience the marvel of the Soul?
The knowledge of the Self can only be attained through an enlightened teacher. The Enlightened One does not touch or disturb our worldly life at all. He only removes the root cause on which our worldly life is based i.e. the ignorance of Self; and enlightens us with the experiential knowledge of the Self, by giving us the answer to the question ‘Who am I?’ Thereafter, we stop binding new karma and dissolve the pending past karmas.
To conclude: The Soul and God are one and the same and this is our real form. We will never experience the pure Soul until the false belief is destroyed. The only way to fracture this false belief of ‘I am this body and name’ is by acquiring the knowledge of our real Self i.e. the pure Soul. The more the knowledge of the Self is established, the greater is the continual experience of the pure Soul i.e. Godhood.