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Yogi Bhajan Lecture: The Soul & the Subtle Body

Excerpts from a lecture given on 5/27/81

The fact of life is that God has given you a lifespan at the rate of a proportion of breath. So you have to use your breath of life. Use it anyway you like, but at a particular time a switch will be off and you will be gone.

What shall be gone? Two things will be missing right on the spot. One is your soul, the other is your subtle body. What shall remain? Your other eight bodies. You are a total combination of ten bodies.

You have a spiritual body, mental negative, mental positive, mental neutral, physical body, arc body—which you call halo, auric body, subtle body, pranic body, and radiant body. And they are interlocked, but two are free to go. Whenever the soul desires to leave, the arc body and all other bodies remain behind. They have no combination. The pranic connection with the pranic body totally breaks and with the subtle body the soul leaves. That means your identity is gone.

If in subtlety you become very refined and in activity you become very subtle, you are very near to your soul because there is a direct relationship between the subtle body and the spiritual body. The spirit and the subtle body are very much related, they never leave each other. So anything which is refined—refined art, refined acts, refined speech which is not gross—will put you nearer to the soul. That is a rather a simple way of reaching your God consciousness.

© 1981 The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings