THE SELF – SOUL – VIVEKANANDA
If the existence of the soul is drawn from the argument that it is self-luminous,
that knowledge, existence, blessedness are its essence, it naturally
follows that this soul cannot have been created.
A self-luminous existence, independent of any other existence, could never have been the outcome of anything. It always existed; there was never a time when it did not exist, because if the soul did not exist, where was time?
Time is in the soul; it is when the soul reflects its powers on the mind and the mind thinks, that time comes. When there was no soul, certainly there was no thought, and without thought, there was no time.
How can the soul, therefore, be said to be existing in time, when time itself
exists in the soul? It has neither birth nor death, but it is passing
through all these various stages.
It is manifesting slowly and gradually from lower to higher, and so on. It is expressing its own grandeur, working through the mind on the body; and through the body it is grasping the external world and understanding it.
It takes up a body and uses it; and when that body has failed and is used up, it takes another body; and so on it goes.
There is really but one Self in the universe, all else
is but Its manifestations.
What is the nature of the soul? The soul is also omnipotent and omnipresent. Spirit has neither length, nor breadth, nor thickness. . .
How can it be said to be here and there? This body falls; the soul works through another body.
The soul is a circle of which the circumference is nowhere, but the centre
is in the body. God is a circle whose circumference is nowhere,
but whose centre is everywhere.
The soul by its nature is blessed, pure, and perfect; it could never be pure if its nature was impure. . . . The soul’s nature is purity; that is why souls can become pure. It is blessed [by nature]; that is why it can become blessed. It is peace..