“The progress of our soul is like a perfect poem. It has an infinite idea which once realized makes all movements full of meaning and joy. But if we detach its movements from that ultimate idea, if we do not see the infinite rest and only see the infinite.”
– Rabindranath Tagore
The soul loves to meditate, for in contact with the Spirit lies its greatest joy. If, then you experience mental resistance during meditation, remember that reluctance to meditate comes from the ego; it doesn’t belong to the soul.
– Sri Yogananda
Reincarnation is the progress of soul through many lives on th earth plane, as through so many grades in a school, before it, “graduates” to the immortal perfection of oneness with God. Souls that are living in an imperfect state (unaware of their divine identity with Spirit) do not, upon the death of the physical body, automatically enter a state of God-realization. We are made in the image of God, but by identification with the physical body, we have put on its imperfections and limitations. Until this imperfect human consciousness of mortality is removed, we cannot become gods again.
-Sri Yogananda – Man’s Eternal Quest
Howard Murphet asked this question to Baba : Swami, You had incarnated as Shirdi Baba, and now you are the reincarnation of that deity eight years later. Swami, where were You in that short span of eight years ?
Swami replied : I permeated the whole universe down to every single atom. There is no such thing as a single place for Me. I am the whole universe.
-Sri Sathya Sai Baba
The Rishis speak of two souls: the real soul and the apparent
soul. The real soul is birthless, death less, immortal, and
infinite. The same real soul, under the spell of ignorance,
appears as the apparent man identified with the body, mind
and senses. This apparent man becomes, on account of his
attachment to the body, a victim of birth and death, virtue and
vice, and the other pairs of opposites.The apparent man is
bound to the world, and it is he,again, who strives for liberation.
The enjoyment of material pleasures, and the subsequent
situation and weariness; the consciousness of bondage, and
the struggle for freedom; the injunctions of the scriptures, and
the practice of moral and spiritual disciplines all this refers to
the apparent man. Again, it is the apparent man who performs virtuous
or sinful deeds, goes, after death, to heaven or hell, and assumes
different bodies. But it must never be forgotten that rewards and punishments are spoken
of only with reference to the reflected, or apparent soul.
The real soul is forever free from the characteristics of the relative world.
But the real soul is always free, illumined, and perfect.
The real sun, non-dual and resplendent, shines brilliantly
in the sky, though millions of its reflections are seen to
move with the movement of the waves.
From the Mahabharata
Santi Parva, Section CCXXXVI