|Query: Animals and Souls...|
Every single being in the animal kingdom has a soul. Can we ever say that
when I am 25 years of age I have a soul... but when I was a child, I did not possess one! That cannot be. The
insect life, the plant life, the animal life and form of human beings... all are stages in the cosmic life
cycle of every soul atman. On its cosmic journey every soul is required to work out its karma to remove the
impurities within. Only then the soul atman regains its original pure pristine
Similar as human beings have four stages in life... the age of learning
(from beginning of life to 25 years of age... the age when we want to learn everything), the age of
manifestation (whatever we learnt... We try manifesting it in physical life for earning our livelihood), the
age of contemplation (after settling the family... one simply broods over meaning of life and searches for
root causes) and finally the age of sanyasa (renunciation) when one must leave confines of home in search for
a deeper meaning to life.
In the life of soul atman also we have four stages which are not exactly
similar but the gist of the same is easily understood... the life of an insect, then plant life, animal life
and finally the form of a human being.
Every soul atman reaches the stage of human beings after manifesting 7.3
million life forms. In the human form alone we have 1.1 million manifestations and an earthly journey of 12.1
million years to reach the stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and finally salvation (moksha).
Every human being has already crossed through every single form of insect
life, plant life and animal life. In simple words, I have been a fly, a banana tree, a deer, dog, lion etc.
in my earlier manifestations.
What can be more gratifying for the lusting human form that only as a human being... the soul atman within gains
final release from the cycle of birth and death! The moment a human being gains enlightenment... one finally
reaches the 8.4 millionth manifestation... the last leg in the cosmic life cycle!
Essay by: Kaivalya
Jnani ... One who realized self in his life time! Send your query!
A to Z of Animals and Souls explained in words everyone can easily understand and
fathom. More on do all animals insects have a soul can be found at : Body and Soul
... Neeru J. - 5th June 2010.
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