What is it that a razor can’t cut, fire can’t burn, water can’t wet, nor can the wind dry?
This is you
Imagine a tiny point located where thoughts come from.
That point thinks, remembers and decides.
This point is you.
The point where every emotion is born…
This is you.
A spiritual being interacting through the body…
This is you.
The eternal source of life and life’s experiences, the seat of self–esteem and self–respect.
This is you.
Who Am I?
Has your sense of identity been changing lately? Are you experiencing a move, a change of career, or your children leaving the nest? Do you have the vague feeling that you could be doing something that has greater heart and meaning for you? Are you re–evaluating your life’s purpose?
Change loosens the tight hold that my sense of bodily identity generally has on me. Because the familiar labels that have defined how I think of myself are changing, I feel uncertain as to who I really am and unclear as to how to find out. It is fortunate when such uncertainty causes me to search for my true identity with fresh openness, for then I am naturally led towards a state of higher awareness.
I am a soul
The spiritual knowledge of the Brahma Kumaris encourages each of us to visualize ourselves as a spiritual being, an infinitesimally tiny star, a minute point of invisible luminous non–physical energy, that is, as a soul. Is this really who I am? For so long, I have thought of myself as woman, or man; as a physical being rather than a spiritual being…
Allow yourself to experiment. For a few moments think of yourself as a tiny star of pure living light – the light of the energy of consciousness. Think of yourself as a soul, the ‘being’ located in the centre of your forehead, behind the ‘windows’ of your eyes. When you are in this awareness, you are soul conscious. This is your spiritual identity.
Throughout time, philosophers have affirmed that by stepping beyond the limitations of the egocentric self, an individual can experience ‘self realization’. With this realization comes a deep understanding of the worth of a human being. When I am soul conscious, my sense of identity is derived from the inherent worth of the soul, rather than from the limited impermanent image of the body.
After self–realisation comes self–remembering. To remember who I am is to develop the ability to maintain soul consciousness as I think, move and interact – to mindfully use my mind and body with wisdom, care for them with accuracy and discipline, and communicate respect and love through my attitude, thoughts, vibrations and expressions.
Soul: Mind, Intellect and Personality
Every soul has three separate faculties which are inherent in all human beings irrespective of place of birth. Just as electrical energy produces warmth, sound or light depending on the device through which it passes, similarly, the energy of consciousness functions through three different but closely connected faculties, referred to respectively by the terms mind, intellect, and personality.
With the power of the mind, one imagines, thinks and forms ideas. Thoughts are created in the mind. The thought process is the basis of all emotions, desires and sensations. It is through the minds that, in an instant, thoughts reach anywhere, a memory can be relived and the feeling of happiness or sadness is experienced. The metaphysical mind should not be confused with the heart, the physical organ that maintains blood circulation.
Thoughts are processed and interpreted by the intellect. This is the faculty which understands. The capacity to understand is perhaps the single most crucial ability of the soul. Clear understanding of anything is possible when the intellect becomes broad, deep and farsighted through the regular study of spiritual knowledge and the disciplined practice of meditation. The intellect also reasons, memorizes, discriminates and makes decisions. The non–physical intellect should not be confused with the physical brain, which is the physical focus of the nervous system. The brain is the soul’s control panel; it provides the facilities for the soul’s expression.
Any action once performed leaves an impression on the soul. Habits, temperaments and tendencies are all embedded in the soul (as images, feelings, sounds, trains of thought, etc.) as a result of every action performed. The most fundamental feature of every soul, its personality, is determined by such stored impressions. These impressions, formed in the past, are the reservoir which we draw upon, often sub–consciously, as our source of thoughts and actions in the present.