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Are they equal and the same, or are they just equal (those who are actually learned, they do not see the outward covering, either human being or animal)?

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"Are they equal and the same, or are they just equal"

Conversations and Morning Walks

1972 Conversations and Morning Walks

No, equal and the same. Qualitatively and quantitatively.
Talk with Bob Cohen -- February 27-29, 1972, Mayapura:

Bob: If two people are Kṛṣṇa conscious, is their soul the same?

Prabhupāda: Soul is always the same.

Bob: In each person. In each person is it the same?

Prabhupāda: Yes. (break) Soul, as spirit soul, pure soul, they are all equal. Even in animal. Therefore it is said, paṇḍitāḥ sama-darśinaḥ (BG 5.18), means those who are actually learned, they do not see the outward covering, either human being or animal.

Bob: Oh, then they are all equal and the same, or just equal? Are they equal and the same, or are they just equal?

Prabhupāda: No, equal and the same. Qualitatively and quantitatively.

Śyāmasundara: I thought there was also a difference.

Prabhupāda: Huh?

Śyāmasundara: Isn't there also individuality and difference?

Prabhupāda: Their individuality becomes different in accordance with the development of consciousness.

Śyāmasundara: Oh. The soul before the development of consciousness...

Prabhupāda: Yes. So therefore, when one comes to Kṛṣṇa consciousness, then there is no difference. (break) Because their aim is at that time how to... (break) ...and that is nice.

Bob: But they are the same because they are flowers.

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Bob: In that sense.

Prabhupāda: Same. That is acintya-bhedābheda philosophy. That everything is one and different simultaneously.