Spirit Is A Conscious, Powerful Thing
The spirit is a conscious, powerful thing, which is apt to learn and which thinks senses and reasons, and continually develops, usually in parallel with the physical development of the body, mentally and spiritually, through learning, reflection, belief, and worship.
We see with our eyes. In other words, our eyes are simply instruments with which to see. The main center of sight is in the brain. However, it is not the brain itself, which sees. You do not say ‘My brain sees’, but you say ‘I see’. It is we who see or hear or sense. But who is it that we call ‘I’? Is it something that is composed of a brain, a heart and other organs and limbs? Why can we not move when we die although all our organs and limbs are there? How does a factory work? Does it work by itself or does some other thing like what we call electrical energy move it to work? Any defect or something wrong with the factory, which causes a disconnection between the factory and the electrical energy, is enough to reduce a whole, once highly productive, invaluable factory into a heap of junk. Should this relation between the factory and the electrical energy be, in one way, comparable to that between the spirit and the body?
When the connection of the body with the spirit is cut—the event, which we call death—the body is reduced to something, which we do not like to keep even a few hours more because it will rot and decompose.
Of course, the spirit is not electrical power. It is a conscious, powerful thing, which is apt to learn and which thinks, senses and reasons, and continually develops, usually in parallel with the physical development of the body, mentally and spiritually, through learning, reflection, belief and worship. It is also the spirit, which determines the character or nature or identity of an individual, which makes one different or distinguishable from others. Although on human begins, from the first to the last, are substantially made up of the same elements, they are all different from one another in character, nature and features, down to fingerprints. Thus, what determines this difference is the spirit.
By M. Fethullah Gulen