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Human Body – The Supreme Soul and the Biological Self

द्वा सुपर्णा सयुजा सखाया समानं वृक्षं परिषस्वजाते । 
तयोरन्यः पिप्पलं स्वाद्वत्त्यनश्नन्नन्यो अभिचाकशीति ॥ १ ॥

dvā suparṇā sayujā sakhāyā samānaṃ vṛkṣaṃ parisasvajāte | 
tayoranyaḥ pippalaṃ svādvattyanaśnannanyo abhicākaśīti || 1 ||

Mundaka Upanishad Verse 3.1.1

Here, the human body is compared to a Peepal Tree. On this tree live, two similar friendly birds—one is the Supreme Soul and the other is the Biological Self. In this Self-same tree, both reside in the cave of the heart. The Biological Self (Jeevaatma) is addicted to actions and fruits of actions and becomes a victim to the cosmic law of Karma and is bound. The other spiritual self or Soul is not interested in experiences and enjoyments. Is not addicted to actions and their results. It is not bound. It is ever free. It is the witness only.

समाने वृक्षे पुरुषो निमग्नोऽनिशया शोचति मुह्यमानः । 
जुष्टं यदा पश्यत्यन्यमीशमस्य महिमानमिति वीतशोकः ॥ २ ॥

samāne vṛkṣe puruṣo nimagno’niśayā śocati muhyamānaḥ | 
juṣṭaṃ yadā paśyatyanyamīśamasya mahimānamiti vītaśokaḥ || 2 ||

Mundaka Upanishad Verse 3.1.2

The first verse and the second verse are complementary and supplementary to each other. In the self-same body tree, in its cavity of the heart reside the God Self and the biological Self (Jeevaatma). As long as the Biological Self is not aware of the God Self and does not see It, it remains bound, by the Law of Karma, reward, and punishment. Never free, which is the essence of the spiritual self. As a result, the biological self-feels limited, bound, sometimes fears and sufferings. When the biological self becomes aware of the other spiritual self, it gets interested in it and pays attention to it, and knows about its glory, greatness and illumination, and immortality. Its light enlightens it and it realizes the Truth and immediately becomes free from bondage and sufferings.

यदेवेह तदमुत्र यदमुत्र तदन्विह । 
मृत्योः स मृत्युमाप्नोति य इह नानेव पश्यति ॥ १० ॥

yadeveha tadamutra yadamutra tadanviha | 
mṛtyoḥ sa mṛtyumāpnoti ya iha nāneva paśyati || 10 ||

Katha Upanishad Verse 2.1.10

That All Mighty, All-Knowing, Formless, yet Totality of all Forms, the cause of all causes, Param Brahmam, Supreme Being is present everywhere on this and in this earth. Also, He is there in the Heavens and all other worlds. That Supreme, who is there, is present here too. That one and the only Supreme Being, God is abiding in all the Universes and Worlds. That person, who sees, these appearances in endless different names and forms, due to ignorance and imagines multiplicity, falls a victim to endless cycles of birth and death. He cannot easily escape from the clutches of repeated cycles of Birth, disease, decay, and death. So present everywhere, therefore, one should firmly and with strong inner conviction, all other should understand that Totality of the one and the only one Supreme Being, God, with his unimaginable, power and glory, manifest as various, different names and forms.the only. This whole creation is pervaded both inside and outside by that Supreme Soul. And hence, all these and those, are forms of the Formless, His manifestations.

May God and the Great Masters, Bless, Guide, Protect and Inspire you.

With much love and humbleness,
Paramahansa Atmananda Ji

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