Originally posted by JS357
Dasa, I like to think about things like this and don't think it needs to be argued whether it is scientific to be interesting, but have a little problem about this particular way of talking about it.
"The subtle material energy consists of mind, intelligence and false-ego [defined as the identification of the bod soul, with many temporal manifestations or instantiations (or some word like that.)
In a way their is actually one soul the soul of God which is all pervading and is in all places at all times but this one soul has ejected US into individual souls with our unique identity hence ego.
Why has God done this?
Because there can be no relationship if God is one.
There must be two for relationship to exist so God has expanded himself into individual souls for his pleasure.
Now this doesn't mean we are God but instead part of God just like the sunshine is part of the sun but when the sunshine comes in our room through the window the sun is not actually in our room.............but the sun is connected to the sunshine which is in our room.
Likewise we (the soul) is part of God......a little piece of God and God being eternal and spiritual we are eternal and spiritual.
Now when we play-up in the spiritual world we come here to this temporarily material world and are injected into a material body to play King of the Castle.
Playing King of the Castle after many millions of births and deaths becomes tiresome and when we get fed up with the repeated suffering of birth and death we can take to the spiritual life and return home back to Godhead with our spiritual body instead of a temporal material body...........then the real fun begins.
Here is a cut and paste from the Veda.with some more info of the soul
The atomic soul can be perceived by perfect intelligence as floating in the five kinds of life airs (prana, apana, vyana, samana and udana). When the consciousness (that pervades from the soul through the entire body) is purified from the contamination of the five kinds of material airs, its spiritual influence is exhibited.""
Prana is one but acts in different ways. Lower pranas control the senses and are under the control of main prana controlled by the Paramatma (super-soul) according to desire and karma of the jiva. Vedanta-sutra, Bhagavata Purana 4.25-28 (serpent analogy), Prasna Upanisad and other scriptures contain elaborate descriptions of prana. Various Eastern healing methods and martial arts work with prana.
Prana is mentioned in many Upanisads as well as Vedanta-sutra. A story in the Chandogya Upanisad describes how the senses had a dispute who among them is the most essential. The ear left for one year, returns and asks the others how they were doing without him. In a similar way the other senses also quit for a while. When the breath (prana = life) gets ready to leave, the other senses all understand that he is most essential. Without breath the body can't live.
Ten pranas "life airs" - Prana, Apana, Samana, Udana, Vyana, Naga, Krkara, Kurma, Devadatta, Dhananjaya (for definitions see below the commentary to SB 3.6.9) and their actions are mentioned by spiritual masters (acaryas) in their commentaries to Bhagavad-gita 4.27. The life airs circulate in the 72.000 nadis and meridians of the human body.
The Veda has much information about this but space prevents me from posting.