Gnanis (the Enlightened Ones) behold the complete Vision of the whole and complete independent Absolute Soul (Parmatma) that resides in each and every being. So come, let’s understand from their teachings what the correct facts actually are...

All Souls Are Same in Nature but Each Soul is Separate in Existence
For any living entity to exist in the Universe, they must have a Soul within. Without a Soul, there can be no life.
There are infinite numbers of Souls and they are all different and independent (not dependant on each other). Every Soul has the same nature. However, each one’s existence is independent.

The following conversation that one of the seekers has had with Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan, the enlightened being, will help us understand this further…

Questioner: It means the element of Soul that is present in all is one only?
Dadashri: Yes, one only. But one means, they are the same by nature!
Questioner: But upon death, when the Soul goes away, does it not reunite? How can it have a separate existence?
Dadashri: Everything in this world is separate. The separation that is felt over here is the same separation that is over there! The separation means: by nature, everything is one; but in existence, they are separate (meaning each one is a separate entity).

Whole of Soul is sitting inside a Goat; even Inside a Donkey there sits another God (Soul)
“Souls are of one nature only. No matter how many ingots of gold you have, if you put them together, the gold is one and the same, right? But if brass gets mixed with it, there is damage!

All are God; they are in the form of God only. But the reason why they appear to be separate (in form) is illusion”, says Param Pujya Dadashri.

By Nature, we are all One, but Due to Intellect, the Separation is Felt
As long as we have this intellect, there remains interference. When the intellect comes to an end is when you experience the oneness in the real nature. What does the intellect do? It creates separation (separation of you and me, yours and mine). This creates a divided feeling, and thus destroys the oneness. We are all one, yet we feel we are separate. So, once the intellect is gone, this can be easily understood.

In the following conversation, Param Pujya Dadashri explains how just like all of the gold is said to be ‘one’ as gold, we all are one as a Soul (nature-wise there is no difference in us); and on the other hand, just like each bar of gold is a separate bar, likewise each Soul is a separate Soul (existence-wise, we all are separate, we are not one Soul only). Let’s read this in Dadashri’s words…

Questioner: But if the Soul is of one kind only, then how can its existence remain separate?
Dadashri: Its existence does remain separate; so how can they become one? They can never become one. In these bars of gold, each bar is separate, but it is all called only gold. Similarly, it is said that the Soul is one, but just like these gold bars, they are all separate. There is no difference as such in them. It is through the intellect that we can see things wrongly. Otherwise, in the absolute liberated state, all are residing in their own bliss!

Each Soul experiences the Bliss of its Own, Separately!
Finally, when all the karmas sitting on any Soul ceases to exist, such absolute liberated Soul departs from this world and resides in Siddhshila (the location at the crest of the universe where all absolutely liberated Souls reside), and experiences its own infinite bliss forever and ever.

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Author's Bio: 

Ambalal M. Patel was a civil contractor by profession. In June 1958, spontaneous Self-Realization occurred within Ambalal M. Patel. From this point on, Ambalal became a Gnani Purush, and the Lord that manifest within him became known as Dada Bhagwan. A Gnani Purush is One who has realized the Self and is able help others do the same. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan used to go from town to town and country-to-country to give satsang (spiritual discourse) and impart the knowledge of the Self, as well as knowledge of harmonious worldly interactions to everyone who came to meet him. This spiritual science, known as Akram Vignan, is the step-less path to Self-realization.