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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?

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    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, 2015 at 18:12
  • @Sai Where did you get the idea that souls reside in billions or infinitely many worlds? Sep 6, 2015 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, 2015 at 2:27
  • @Sai Yeah, I just meant where did you get the idea that there are infinitely many worlds with souls in them? Sep 8, 2015 at 3:44
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    @KeshavSrinivasan actually by infinite I just meant an extremely large amount of worlds, I did not intend to say the mathematical infinity, but rather just like the stars in the sky are said to be infinite because there are so many and its impossible to count them all, although they are probably a finite number.
    – Sai
    Sep 8, 2015 at 15:21

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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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