Know Your Body
[Vinod Anand]

Body is the first gift of God. Let us see how? Does a soul enter the mother’s womb during conception or in the course of pregnancy? Understand that the soul doesn’t ‘enter’.

If you are using the word ‘soul’ as an alternate to the Sanskrit word ‘atma’ then this is wrong choice of word.

Firstly, the right choice of word would be the individual soul, the ‘jivatma’ not the ‘atma’ and secondly, the timing of the individual soul to enter the womb is not during or post-conception.

The mind of the individual soul is already present, being pushed and pulled towards that right combination as per karmic accounts to be settled.

And then the mind begins to open up itself. It’s samskaras, impressions and karmic account and thenceforth the body gets created. So we can say that conception is followed by the presence of that individual soul right when the man and woman are in physical intimacy.

So say those great evolved individuals who had the ability to see this happening. And it’s no small thing; it’s complicated and mysterious. Is there a process or special days to conceive a spiritual soul? Well, this is not how things go about happening — that by trying to conceive on holy days you will have conceived a holy soul as a baby being.

You have to be a holy person; you have to be a great, spiritual, pious, honest, sincere and dynamic person. Only then there is the possibility of a spiritual person taking birth in your family. So, it isn’t just the days and auspicious timings that invoke such a spiritual being to come to your womb.

You have to become a great, grand, truly and utterly spiritual person to have such a possibility in your life. We know that the soul is immortal; it has no birth and death. Then who is reborn?

Who is reborn, if the atman is immortal? Ask yourself this question—either the soul is not immortal and that is why it is taking birth.

Then it would prove that the soul is not immortal. This means that the Vedas are lying; this means that what I speak is a lie or you have not understood really and you are just repeating things like a parrot. How does it make a difference if the Gita and the Upanishads are saying that the soul is immortal? The question is, have you the experience that the soul is immortal or not? It ends up all on you; if you have not experienced this, then just parroting these great words will not help you a bit.

So go deep within, explore your own self and come to the conclusion by your experience and know it for yourself — whether it is mortal or immortal.

For that you first have to know your body, then you will have to know your mind, then you will come to know the intellect and finally you will move to the real Self. But before the real Self, there is a false self which you today think is your real Self. So after peeling off all these layers, you may come to a conclusion.

I am not going to give any conclusive answer to this question, because this is just speculation and with speculations, you will not reach anywhere. You need real-time experience and for that, you will have to go within.

Author's Bio: 


Born in 1939, and holding Master’s Degree both in Mathematics (1959) and Economics (1961), and Doctorate Degree in Economics (1970), Dr. Vinod K.Anand has about forty five years of teaching, research, and project work experience in Economic Theory (both micro and macro), Quantitative Economics, Public Economics, New Political Economy, and Development Economics with a special focus on economic and social provisions revolving around poverty, inequality, and unemployment issues, and also on informal sector studies. His last assignment was at the National University of Lesotho (Southern Africa) from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that he was placed as Professor and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of North-West in the Republic of South Africa, and University of Allahabad in India, Professor at the National University of Lesotho, Associate Professor at the University of Botswana, Gaborone in Botswana, and at Gezira University in Wad Medani, Sudan, Head, Department of Arts and Social Sciences, Yola in Nigeria, Principal Lecturer in Economics at Maiduguri University in Nigeria, and as Lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria. Professor Anand has by now published more than 80 research papers in standard academic journals, authored 11 books, supervised a number of doctoral theses, was examiner for more than twenty Ph.D. theses, and has wide consultancy experience both in India and abroad, essentially in the African continent. This includes holding the position of Primary Researcher, Principal Consultant etc. in a number of Research Projects sponsored and funded by Universities, Governments, and International Bodies like, USAID, IDRC, and AERC. His publications include a variety of themes revolving around Economic Theory, New Political Economy, Quantitative Economics, Development Economics, and Informal Sector Studies. His consultancy assignments in India, Nigeria, Sudan, Botswana, and the Republic of South Africa include Non-Directory Enterprises in Allahabad, India, Small Scale Enterprises in the Northern States of Nigeria, The Absolute Poverty Line in Sudan, The Small Scale Enterprises in Wad Medani, Sudan, Micro and Small Scale Enterprises in Botswana, The Place of Non-Formal Micro-Enterprises in Botswana, Resettlement of a Squatter Community in the Vryburg District of North West Province in the Republic of South Africa, Trade and Investment Development Programme for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises: Support for NTSIKA in the Republic of South Africa, and Development of the Manufacturing Sector in the Republic of South Africa’s North West Province: An Approach Based on Firm Level Surveys. Professor Anand has also extensively participated in a number of conferences, offered many seminars, participated in a number of workshops, and delivered a variety of Refresher Lectures at different venues both in India and abroad. Dr. Anand was placed at the prestigious Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla in the State Himachal Pradesh, India as a Fellow from 2001 to 2003, and had completed a theoretical and qualitative research project/monograph on the Employment Profile of Micro Enterprises in the State of Himachal Pradseh, India.