The Soul is prior to the world in which you exist.
Remember you are not the Self. You are the false self within the false experience. You are born, live and die with this illusory world. Thus, your existence is itself is illusory. Your existence is impermanent.
The Soul, the innermost Self is permanent. The soul, which is present in the form of the consciousness, is always there, only the transient world in which you exist comes and goes.
The world in which you exist hides the reality, which is beyond the form, time, and space.
If you desire Self-realization, but you still
identifying the Self as the “I," If you feel the ‘Self’ is the ‘ I’, you are not a wise a seeker. You will never get Self-realization holding the Self to the ‘ I’. You are simply wasting your time.
Till one thinks he is an individual separate from this
world he remains in the realm of the
duality. The duality is the product of ignorance. When the Advaitic wisdom
dawns, then the ignorance vanishes. When the ignorance vanishes, then the
duality never remains as a reality.
God is not physical. God is present in the form of the Spirit. The Spirit is the cause of the Universe and the Spirit itself is uncaused.
On the standpoint of the Spirit, the form, time, space and name are mere an illusion. The Spirit alone is real and all else is an illusion. In reality, the spirit (God) matter (the world in which we exist)