‘Every man is the soul identified’ – what does it mean? An expression of soul – this is what you mean. Again, Shāstras say, Aham Brahmāsmi: I am Brahman. That is to say, every individual soul is also Brahman. Then what is the relation between the soul and Brahman?
Brahmā is the name of the Creator – just imaginary – the Shāstrakār imagined so. Brahman, on the other hand, is the essence of everything. It is the essence of all what exists. The Shāstras say, Brahmā created the whole world. He wished that there be a world, and the world appeared. Sthitamchikirshu – He also whished that it be maintained. For that he created people and the true leaders of mankind. This is how this has been described in the Shāstras.
But Brahman means: not one element, not all other elements, but the real, eternal substance of all elements which make everything that exists. I think you understand this. Brahman is the most essential element out of which this whole world has come into existence, has been created, as I say. So, in reality every being is also Brahman. The relation is this: that is the source. What then is the relation between the soul and Brahman? The soul is just a flicker of that eternal Brahman. Just a spark, if you imagine Brahman is a big fire. An individual soul, the soul that is in every being, is just a spark of that eternal soul. By nature it is of the same kind, non-different. Different souls are not different things. All are sparks of that eternal soul, Brahman. This is the relation: they are manifestations or expressions of the whole which is Brahman.