Question: When our soul takes human incarnation, at what point does the outer life begin to separate us from our soul? How can we prevent this?Sri Chinmoy: When the mind develops, it creates a sense of separativity. At that time the problems start. But if you can live in the heart and bring the soul's light to the fore to illumine the mind, then the separation between the mind and the soul can be prevented.
Sri Chinmoy, Sri Chinmoy answers, part 13, Agni Press, 1999