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Nervous Energy—The indestructible soul?

Nervous Energy—The indestructible soul?

By Micah Moen 18 Comments January 24, 2020


NERVOUS ENERGY—THE INDESTRUCTIBLE SOUL? March 10, 2019
Shri Bharath Krishna asked: Namah Shivaya Shri Datta Swami! I am Bharath from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. I tried to know about mahātmās and in every
story, I heard, I found that even if they are affected by deadly diseases, their smiles
never fade. It is said that all of them were able to do
it because they have realized that they are not the body but the ātman. But You have said that ātman (jīvātmā)
is also inert because it is controlled by Parabrahman. You also said that ātman is just the flow
of energy in the neurons all over our body. At least, I understood it like this. Now I have a doubt in this regard. If a person meets with an accident and loses
one of his limbs then all the neurons in that part are lost. By this, I have to conclude that some part
of the ātman is also lost. But in the Bhagavad Gita you have said this:
nainaṃ chindanti śastrāṇi nainaṃ dahati pāvaka: |
na cainaṃ kledayantyāpo na śoṣayati māruta: || Weapons cannot shred the soul, nor can fire
burn it. Water cannot wet it, nor can the wind dry
it. Based on this, my doubt is that ātman cannot
just be neural activity. Please comment on this Swami. Padabhivandanam Shri Datta Swami! Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants
of God! Ātman means the soul, which is the awareness
in a human being. The awareness is the result of inert energy
working in the nervous system. When a limb is cut from the body in an accident,
the nervous energy in that cut limb disappears at once. Had the nervous energy been existing in the
cut limb, you could have said that the ātman is cut. When you cut a rope, the cut piece of rope
remains a rope even after separating it from the main rope. In fact, when the limb is cut, the activity
of nervous energy in it is also immediately lost. The cut limb does not feel pain whereas the
main body having nervous energy feels pain. Pain is the result of the activity of neurons. This ātman is only a special work-form of
inert energy when it gets converted to awareness in a specific functioning nervous system. Matter can be cut but energy cannot be cut. The verse from the Gita quoted by you and
others like it, describe the characteristics of energy. You cannot cut heat, light etc. Only the bearer of the energy can be cut. When the limb is cut, the nervous energy is
withdrawn from the limb and is confined to the major part of the body. It is not the cutting of the nervous energy. It is only the cutting off of the limb or
the possessor of the energy from the major part of the body. The work-form of energy can be generated and
it can also disappear. But the basic inert energy is neither created
nor destroyed as per the law of conservation of energy. When you admit that ātman is awareness, you
have admitted that, scientifically, ātman is a work-form of inert energy in a functioning
nervous system. The work, in this context, is the transfer
of information from the senses to the brain. This explanation clearly proves that awareness
is only a work form of inert energy. In an essential sense, awareness can also
be treated to be the basic inert energy which gets converted into awareness. All the characteristics of inert energy are
then applied to the awareness too. It is just like applying all the properties
of gold to a golden ornament. When the scientific explanation of the nature
of awareness is so clear and elaborate, it cannot be contradicted by the example of the
accident given by you. The doubt related to the accident is only
due to a misunderstanding. As soon as the limb is cut, the awareness
ceases to exist in the limb. In deep sleep, it is said that ātman alone
remains. But this ‘ātman’ that remains in deep
sleep is only the inert energy that remains in the gross body. This is because, in deep sleep, awareness
does not exist at all. The nervous system is not at all functioning
to give rise to awareness. The concept that ātman can also mean this
inert energy is supported by the Gita, which says that the ātman is inert (Sthāṇuḥ…—Gita). This ātman is clearly not God. It is only a part of creation and hence, one
need not expect it to be absolutely eternal. Ātman as the basic inert energy has the topmost
importance within creation. It is the basic material of creation and even
the basic material of awareness. Awareness in the form of thoughts is jīva
whereas the essential material of awareness, which is the basic inert energy, is called
ātman. Pure awareness, which is the awareness without
any thoughts, can also be taken to be ātman. This pure awareness is almost like inert energy. The inert energy, has no thoughts because
it is inert. Pure awareness also does not have any thoughts
other than the single thought of self-awareness. In that sense, pure awareness and inert energy
are almost one and the same and both can be called ātman. The same awareness, when it becomes a complex
bundle of thoughts, is called the individual soul or jīva. Due to the lack of scientific knowledge, in
olden days, awareness was thought to be the Creator
or God.

18 Comments found

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Nikhil Kothurkar

Interesting question by Bharat. Had never thought of it that way. And of course, could never have imagined the answer given by Swamiji!!!

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bharath krishna

I was immensely happy when swamy answered my question. It's a perfect answer which gave me 100% clarity. Thank you so much swamiji🙏

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Devi K

Beautiful explanation given by Swamiji. 🙏🙏🙏

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lakshmi chaitanya jayanthi

Wonderful explanation by Shri Datta Swami🙏

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thalla bhanu

Inert energy and awareness are complex entities to understand but this gave me Clarity ,thank you Datta Swami 🙏😍

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Sheshadri Thiruvenkadam

Difficult topic to understand, really well explained!

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Padmaram Kandarpa

🙏🙏🙏

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kishore ram

Good question and a brilliant answer. Jai Datta.

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kishore salipalli

Guru Datta Shri Datta Prabhu Datta

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Phani kumar Sistla

Excellent knowledge

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purnima k

Wonderful explanation, hai datta🙏

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Nithin Bhonsle

Really well explained. Jai guru datta 🙏🙏🙏

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Salipalli Bhanoji Rao

Soul(inert energy) and God are completely different from each other. Soul is part of creation while God is beyond creation. Very nicely explained.

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Ramya Sri Salipalli

#Jiva #InertEnergy #Awareness #Soul #NervousEnergy

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Nava Chaitanya

I am Surprised to know the deep connection between spirituality and awareness, energy 😇

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Arsha Kothurkar

Really awesome explanation….. Jai Guru Datta 🙏😃🙏🙏🙏

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Pvd Prasad

Awareness explained in a simple way. 🙏🙏🙏

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surya narayana

limb is cut and awareness is not cut but resides only in the rest of the main part of body. excellent. Guru Datta Shri Datta Prabhu Datta

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