Question: A chair has a soul. If you chopped up the chair into little pieces of wood, would those pieces of matter each have their own soul?Sri Chinmoy: Yes, but you have to know that those souls would have practically no development. In those pieces of wood there would be only the tiniest spark of consciousness. True, everything and everyone has a soul; but the consciousness of the soul is a matter of development.
Sri Chinmoy, AUM — Vol.II-1, No.12, 27 December 1974, Vishma Press, 1974