What is the soul?
In this short lecture, Swamiji is revealing what the soul really is. This is an excerpt from Abhinavagupta’s Kashmiri recension of the Bhagavad Gita [Chapter Two].


DVD 2.1 (46:21)

न जायते म्रियते वा कदाचि–

न्नायं भूत्वा भविता वा न भूयः 

अजो नित्यः शाश्वतोऽयं पुराणो

न हन्यते हन्यमाने शरीरे  ॥२१॥

na jāyate mriyate vā kadācin-

nāyaṁ bhūtvā bhavitā vā na bhūyaḥ /

ajo nityaḥ śāśvato’yaṁ purāṇo

na hanyate hanyamāne śarīre //21//

[Lord Kṛṣṇa]: This soul, which has come into the body as an incarnation (in each and every body there is an incarnation of the soul), he has come into this body as an avatār does, but it is a misfortune for that person who does not understand this. It is a misfortune for that person who does not understand that “I am an incarnation. I have come [in this body] to elevate this whole universe.” Being the elevator, He wants to make others get themselves elevated.

Do you understand?

No. For instance, I have come into this body. Actually, whoever has come into this body, he wants to make you understand that you are Parabhairava*, you are one with Bhairava. There is nothing less than Bhairava [existing] in you also–in anybody! In a feeble person also, he is also Parabhairava. He has come into this body to elevate the whole universe.

This you cannot understand very easily.

This is the cream of Shaivism!

What is the soul?


*Parabhairava also called Universal God Consciousness.

  1. April 1, 2011


    Thank for this wonderful blog and making Swami lakshmanjoo’s words even more accessible to the world. This was very inspiring.

    Love from Norway!

  2. February 10, 2016

    thank you jay gurudev

  3. June 22, 2016

    I want to know to know everything about kashmir shaivism. How can I?

    • June 22, 2016

      This website has many excerpts to study the oral Teachings of Kashmir Shaivism with Swami Lakshmanjoo. You can sign up to the weekly excerpts or follow us on Facebook.

  4. June 22, 2016

    I am from srinagar India , how can i get access to all the books and audio cassettes of swami ji.?

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