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I read somewhere that souls are never created nor destroyed. How is that possible? If souls are never created nor destroyed , how did all of us come into existence and how is the population of the world increasing?

  • good question :). the answer lies in soul vs body. The soul is immortal and eternal, the body is not. The reason for population of world increasing is because of more bodies being born on Earth. Souls can reside not only on Earth but in any one of the billions and billions (∞} worlds that out there. As for 'how did all of us come into existence'? That question has a different answer based on the different school of philosophy. According to Advaita, 'how did all of us' would be answered that 'there is no us, there is only ONE and that is God, individual existence is an illusion'. All the best – Sai Sep 2 '15 at 18:12
  • @Sai Where did you get the idea that souls reside in billions or infinitely many worlds? – Keshav Srinivasan Sep 6 '15 at 10:47
  • @KeshavSrinivasan what do you mean? I said souls reside in one among the infinitely many worlds, not all of them – Sai Sep 8 '15 at 2:27
  • @Sai Yeah, I just meant where did you get the idea that there are infinitely many worlds with souls in them? – Keshav Srinivasan Sep 8 '15 at 3:44
  • @KeshavSrinivasan ok, I will clarify that the soul in that sentence means the subtle body or the individualized consciousness. The idea of infinite worlds is from Autobiography of a Yogi. There Sri Yukteshwarji describes the various stages that a soul undergoes after death and the presence of various worlds all of which are inhabited by these subtle or causal bodies. All the best – Sai Sep 8 '15 at 14:27
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Namaste

God created the universe as thought and as "leela", as per scriptures. In his creation there are many forms of energy depending upon its manifestation, it is can be birds, animals or human beings or stones also. These forms can interchange just like a magician doing a trick, however, in god's creation there is no magic everything goes as per defined nature's laws (nature laws= simplified term for all writings in vedas & upanishads).

In ancient days, there were many birds, animals which became extinct as man invented industrialization and destroyed them. However, soul can/may return as human beings. In short there is mass balance & equilibrium in mother nature.

To understand the creation and understand the soul, one need to read holy scriptures, then only further discussion can be held.

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