Soul Vs Body

“It’s not the body that people love, but the soul. The body is a temporary vehicle. Without the soul, the body is like a car without a driver. I see through my eyes, smell through my nose, taste through my tongue, hear through my ears, feel through my skin, think through my brain, and love through my heart. But who am I? Who is the witness, enjoyer and sufferer that activates my body?”

– Radhanath Swami in The Journey Home book

  • Sumit Sharma

    Correct! And there is an example where an old lady tries to feed the cage which has parrot inside it. After sometime, the parrot dies by starvation while the lady still continues to take care of the dead cage.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Yes true! People who don’t consider soul to be the witness, never believe in reincarnations and put unnecessary questions without consenting that there might be something other than the body.

  • Sumit Sharma

    A very graphic description of who we are. Radhanath Swami Maharaj has very vividly described the existence of a soul within the body. Scriptures give another way to understand the same soul. It is mentioned there that body is like a chariot which is being controlled through the soul who is the passenger on the chariot. However, when the soul comes in the grip of mind (the reins), it cannot take decision on its own and loses the control to mind, which ultimately is driven by the senses (the horses).

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very powerful quote! Gives us the realization about the body and soul!

  • jayant mahtani

    It is time this knowledge of the soul and the cause of the entire universe should be taught in universities, for this knowledge will bring about a jolly good change in the lives of people.
    Thank you.

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful article :).

  • Lisa Perez

    Very beautiful quote..I love this quote because it talks about your real identity. Thank you Radhanath Swami!!!

  • Ashutosh

    Dehino smin yatha deha………….Thank you maharaj for the quote

  • Pradeep Iyer

    Radhanath Swami disciples take a cool workshop on Body & Soul it is called Journey of Self Discovery…it is pretty good one….

  • Vishnu Walse

    But who am I? Who is the witness, enjoyer and sufferer that activates my body?……These are the genuine question any sincere spiritual aspirant could ask to get out of the clutches of Maya.

    It’s not the body that people love…..Yes Maharaj this very true and nobody would like to sit near a dead body.

    • Sumit Sharma

      Well said! Radhanath Swami Maharaj on one of his lectures said that once a person dies, irrespective of how important he/she was, no one likes to be close to him/her. That’s the reality of this body.

  • navin poojary

    the example given to explain difference between soul and body is very nice

  • govind

    thanks a lot Maharaj.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Thank you for the realization that we are actually the soul and not the body.

  • In Bhagvad gita fifth chapter 8,9 slokas Krishna says The one who has higher conscious seeing,eating,moving one place to another,sleeping, breathing, though all these activities he is doing,he knows that he is not doing.because all these activities are done by the senses.but he is far awayfrom all these.All glories to maharaj.

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful quote by Radhanath Swami.

  • shirish

    Thank you Radhanath swami maharaj

  • it is a powerful annology maharaj has given

  • Naveen

    Thanks to Radhanath Swami for a wonderful explanation.

  • Shra1wiz

    Despite knowing this all, what is it that makes a man still think he is the body and not the soul. I am quite intrigued by this Radhanath Swami Maharaj?

  • Deepak

    Wonderfully said Maharaj, We are not the body we are the soul.

  • Sunny

    Radhanath Swami so nicely explains that we have an existence apart from this temporary body and actually when we love someone we love the real person, the soul and not the body. Without the soul, the body has no value its just dead matter

  • very nice explanation swamiji……thanks

  • We are driven by bodily needs but it is the needs of the soul that must be taken care of first.Thanks Maharaj for reaching out to many with this message.

  • saroj

    so simple….thank you so much Maharaj!

  • Venkata Buddhiraju

    Radhanath Swami gives here a simple and lucid example to understand the fundamental difference between body and soul

  • Sumit

    This is a fantastic quote by Radhanath Swami. It gives so much pleasure when Radhanath Swami repeats the same words in his own style which were told by Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Geeta.

  • Gaurav Bhardwaj

    Very simple yet revealing piece of writing by Radhanath Swami.

  • Anil Timbe

    Such a striking analogy to understand how we are not body but soul.

  • Nilesh

    If one can understand this simple fact , I am not this BODY , I am the soul ,then that is the perfection of once life…Srila Prabhupada Says…Thank you very much HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Nilesh

    If once can understand this simple thought , then SP say’s that is perfection of life.Thank you very much HH Radhanath Swami maharaj.

  • Nilesh

    Thank you HH Radhanath Swami maharaj for awakening my sleeping soul.

  • Life of all is so much body centered that soul dies in hunger, soul food is to chant holy names and discuss about krishna.

  • Vijay Korde

    Today, everybody is just running behind the bodily activities but forgetting the real one that is soul, the real driver of the body.

    Thank you Maharaj for reminding me my real identity.