Spirit Soul: Mind and Soul

                                                                  Q. 1. In the SB 6.1.51 it is explained that the subtle body is endowed with sixteen parts -- the five knowledge-acquiring senses (nose, tongue, eyes, skin and ears), the five working senses (speech, hands, legs, genitals and anus), the five objects of sense gratification (beauty, taste, smell, sound and touch), and the mind. In other places the subtle body is described as composed of mind, intelligence and false-ego.

                                                                  Q. 1. I have heard the concept that the body changes, but what makes us eternal and who we really are, the soul, never does. I accept this as fact, of course. However, I am uncertain about the soul never changing. I am 38 years of age now and I am not the same person I was spiritually, mentally, emotionally, as I was when I was 28 or 18.

                                                                  Q. 2. I understand that a lot of that has to do with life's experience and conditioning; but if that is the case, then how do we determine who we are as a soul as opposed to who we are based on maya's influence?

                                                                  Q.  I was having discussion with one of my known friends who is running his own church. I was explaining about our Vedic philosophy. When the discussion came about soul, he asked me again ~ am I talking about spirit or soul? I said both are the same. In reply, he explained they both are completely different. He said, Spirit is the one within the body whereas soul is made up of mind, emotions and consciousness. Often we refer simply as soul or we refer to the ‘self’ as spirit soul. I humbly request you to clear up this question.