Recently I was asked the following question by a friend, in an email.

“Is it possible to be born without a soul? Or does it get lost? One person in particular who I believe was soulless also had a creepy residence. Middle of the country with no birds singing, or is that just a coincidence?”

I’ve decided to address this question here, for discussion’s sake. So to her (Sylvan Swan) and my other readers, I’ll give the best answer I can, based on my beliefs.

I do not believe anyone is born without a soul. I believe that the soul (consciousness) animates the mind and body, and without it, no one would be born into this world. Without a soul, no human, plant or animal would or could exist. And I don’t believe our souls are created during conception, but rather we are eternal beings, and we have always existed, outside of time and space, beyond the cycle of birth and death. Neither do I believe the soul can be destroyed, any more than God or electromagnetic energy can be destroyed. For me, the individual soul (Atman) and God (Brahman) are in essence one in the same. We are the eternal life giving force which animates all things great and small.  Learn about Advaita philosophy if you’d like to know more.

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