Who are we, and why are we here?

July 30, 2014

Most religions seem to state that each of us has an eternal soul. My own yoga and meditation practices have strengthened this belief. When I went on a yoga retreat in Mexico back in 2009, by the end of that retreat I felt more than ever like “a soul with a body”, like I was a soul that was currently pushed into this body, something like a human being that’s temporarily inside a mascot at a football game.

So if you look at it from that perspective — (a) that you are a soul that lives forever, with (b) a physical body that lives here on Earth for about 70 or 80 years — an interesting first question is, “Why are we here?”

In fact, many questions come to mind:

If you change your perspective to think that you are a soul with a temporary, physical body here on Earth, these questions and many more come to mind.

Unfortunately my physical body here on Earth says that I’m out of time for today, but I’ll return to this topic in the future.

Note on the “vajra body”

Before I go, I want to note that these thoughts were in part inspired by reading a book titled, “Introduction to Tantra,” last night. On page 99 of the 2001 version of that book the author discusses the “vajra body,” which, combined with other current events in my life, made me think these thoughts and come up with these questions.

Greeting others

An interesting side effect of what I wrote above is that I can now greet people differently. If only to myself, when I meet people on the street I can say, “Hello fellow soul, how are you? Have we met before? Were you my good friend in another lifetime? Or maybe my mother, or my son, or my daughter? Are you enjoying your visit here on earth as a human being?”

In any event, if I take on the feeling that I am a soul who temporarily has this physical body here on Earth, I’m going to try to enjoy my stay here, to treat this like a vacation, or at least treat this time as an adventurer/explorer.

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