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Bodies and Souls

Bodies are temporary and made of matter. “Soul” refers to the self/person/spirit within the body. Bodies come in many varieties—sizes, shapes, colors, species—but spiritually all beings are equal. The soul/self/person inside is what makes any body go.

Souls are permanent and made of spirit. A body without a soul is called “dead.” Souls can live on their own, without bodies. Only in this world do we see souls stuck inside bodies. Spiritual beings are meant to live in a spiritual—rather than a material—world.


The soul within the body is like a pilot of an aircraft. His destination is far more important than the vehicle.

Two incompatible things which, when combined, make up "the world as we know it."

If not, then life after death must not be any fun.

During this conversation, Srila Prabhupada discusses the body. Do we have control over it, or does it have control over us?

Srila Prabhupada discusses how with these material senses, the soul cannot be seen. However, it's actions can be seen.

But the most important person in this picture is the person you can’t see at all.