This blog is my answer to a question on Quora: Where is the spirit and soul located in a man?
Before I begin, please bear with me as my answer is purely based on my personal insight and is philosophical in nature rather than having a scientific evidence to prove otherwise.
I had been trying to find the exact meaning of soul and/or spirit (both souls and spirit are intangible by nature) and what I have found is an ambiguous meaning attached to both the words. At times, I found that the two words have been used interchangeably.
If these two words are synonyms then why do we have two different words for the same thing? I have to some extent tried to find the difference between the two. To make my point clear let me tell you that there is a difference between ‘ME’ and ‘MY’.
I have MY hands, eyes, ears, legs tongue, heart etc. All of my body parts are useless if there is no spirit in my body. For example, I can feel pain if and only if I am alive and the pain is equally felt by my entire body even if it’s in my head or in my legs. I am wondering to know where is ME.
When I look at my own body, I see quite a few things which are dependent and others are independent. My heart and lungs are independent of my acts, whereas my eyes and hands are very much dependent on me.
I have eyes, can they see if I close them? I have ears, can they listen, if I don’t want to? I have hands, can they work, if I don’t ask them to, and the list goes on…
It is ME who asks MY eyes to see, it is ME who asks MY ears to listen, it is ME who asks MY hands to work and the list goes on…
‘ME’ is my soul and ‘MY’ is my spirit confined inside my body. My body is useless if I don’t have a spirit inside, and if I am alive, it is my soul, which has the power to govern my body.
Now let’s try finding the location of ‘Spirit’ and ‘Soul’. Spirit is spread across my entire body that’s why I feel pain whenever I suffer from an injury or get an illness, whereas the Soul is somewhere between Mind & Heart. Why is that so, because feeling for needs to be met and the wishes to be fulfilled are generated in heart and the signal so generated goes to the mind to find ways and means to quench the thirst of need and want?
I am sorry for not being so eloquent while expressing myself in English, as I am not a native English person. Spirit is by nature pure but the soul can be purified by continuously reflecting through soul searching and acquiring wisdom (by virtue of the power it has to govern the body).