Soul Mates –Part III: A Spiritual Study

The previous posts can be accessed here

Hinduism

According to Hinduism, marriage is defined as two souls which comes together and unite with each other in spirit and that make a perfect marriage. The more strongly they become united, they concentrate less on sex.

The more they are in love with each, they become united with God.

As stated in the holy book of Hindus, Srimad Bhagavat Gita, by Lord Krishna,

Chapter 2, verse 22

                vasamsi jirnani yatha vihaya navani grhnati naro’parani

                tatha sarirani vihaya jirnany anyani samyati navani dehi

 

Translation

“As a person gives up old and worn out garments and accepts new apparel, similarly the embodied soul giving up old and worn out bodies verily accepts new bodies.”

So the soul neither be created nor be destroyed.  It’s just the two souls united at the marriage and work toward to accomplish the purpose needed by each other.

Buddhism

Contradict to the Hinduism; Buddhist doctrine rejects the idea of an immortal soul.  Also, it clearly states that there is no concept of soul.

I just noted this point here as it is one of the biggest religion followed by many, and I don’t want go in depth analysis on this as it’s not relevant to this analysis.

Christianity

In the New Testament, the Greek word for “soul” is transliterated as psuche or psyche.

Psuche denotes one’s inner life or actual personhood. God, who has created the “soul,” can also destroy it.

Jesus said: “Be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).

Here, Jesus differentiated between the “soul” and the body. “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul,” he said (verse 28). His words indicate that while the body is corrupted at death, the “soul” continues on, though both “soul” and body can end in soul-destroying hell.

So the soul is considered to be there on the earth as well as on the Hell or Heaven. But that considered to a mortal one.

Jainism

Jainism believes in the existence of the soul from human to plants and even the micro organisms like bacteria and viruses.

The basic concept of this religion is based on the existence of the soul. And they classify the soul into two categories.

  1. Liberated Souls: The souls that attained the Moksha, and which will not be part of lifecycle again.

Moksha (Sanskrit language):  emancipation, liberation or release from the birth and death life cycle.

  1. Non-Liberated Souls – The soul which are struck in the lifecycle based on the karma of the individual soul. There is no start and end of the soul.

According to Jainism , the soul is eternal and just changes the bodies till it attains the moksha. The concept of the soul is similar to the Hinduism.

Judaism

In modern Judaism, the soul is considered to be a thing given to the person upon his first breath.

And it relates the closeness of a person to God, which is based on the quality of the soul with one’s performance of the commandments.

Sikhism

Sikhism considers the soul as an integral part of the God and the God within the soul. Once the soul departs from the body, it becomes lifeless  and the soul is believed to be the driver of this body.

Out of many oldest religions in the world, four religions came from India namely, Hinduism and the subset of this religion, Sikhism, Jainism and Buddhism.

Among the four Indian religions only one religion,the Buddhism, contradicts to the soul concept and this is the only religion in the world that doesn’t believe in the existence of the soul. All the other religions except this religion, believe in the existence of the soul and they have their own descriptions and the closeness of the soul to the God.

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Soul Mates – Part II: A Mythological Approach

Hindu Mythology

In Hindu mythology there are hundreds of soul mate stories narrated indirectly. Hindu gods are explained to have a best half of them.

For example,  Rama and  Sita, Lord Shiva and Parvathi and many more other gods. When the other part (the Goddess ) is not with them, the male Gods cease to function.

At many occasions, as told by our ancestors, the stories we heard at our childhood gives much more clarification of this topic.

God, he himself manifest or incarnate in any form on the earth to revive the righteousness or enlighten the Kings or Sages. He can incarnate as a baby, as a kid, as a man, as a king, as a saint, as a woman, as an animal. So we can conclude that soul in any form can be of a soul mate and it helps to revive or achieve your destiny.

Chinese /Japanese Mythology

There is a concept of  red string of fate in Chinese mythology which states that the gods tie an invisible red cord around the ankles of those that are destined to meet one another in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way.

In Japanese mythology the it is believed to be tied around the little finger.

According to Chinese myth, the god in charge of this ‘red string of fate’ is Yue Xia Lao often abbreviated to Yue Lao, the old lunar matchmaker god, who is in charge of marriages.

The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of place, time, or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break.

Greek Mythology

According to Aristophanes theory : humans originally were created with four arms ,four legs and a single head with two faces. There were three genders of man, woman and the androgyny. Each with two sets of genitals with the androgyny having both male and female genitalia. The men were the children of the sun, the women were the children of the earth and the androgynies were the children of the moon who were born of the sun and earth. It’s said that gods were afraid of human’s strength that they will be conquered by them, so they decided to destroy them with lightning.

So Zeus found a solution by splitting humans in half as punishment and doubled the no of humans and hence increased the tributes to god.

Egyptian Mythology

A very interesting part of the soul mate analysis, I have found something which would be worth to share here.

In Egyptian mythology a single person’s soul constituted with many parts. There were mainly 8 immortal  parts of the soul and the body was considered to be mortal part, thus in total they attributed the soul with 9 parts. This is why they preserved the bodies (mummy) to enjoy the life after of death.

Since they had  8 immortal components of the soul, they considered the life after death is more enjoyable and better than the human body, a mortal soul.

The main immortal components of the human soul

Ka  (a pair of upraised arms)

  • Can wander about at will.
  • Is independent of the man and can dwell in any statue etc of him.
  • Can eat and drink. Great care would be taken to ensure clean food and drink.
  • Partakes of funerary offerings;

Ba  (a human-headed bird) – the “soul”.

  • Assumed to be in a material or immaterial form at its will.
  • It can also return to the tomb and partake of the funerary offerings.
  • Seen bringing air and food down to the body.
  • Can visit the body at will.

Ab – (a vessel with ears as handles) – the “heart”

  • The source of good and bad thoughts;
  • The moral awareness of right and wrong.
  • Can move freely, and separate or unite with the body, and also enjoy life with the gods in heaven.

Khaibit – (a fan; an object which intercepts the light) – the “shadow”

  • Like the Ka and Ba it partakes of funerary offerings;
  • Aable to detach from the body, with the power of going wherever it might.

Akh,khu,or akhu(the ibis or phoenix) – the “spirit”

  • the radiant and shining being that lived on in the Sahu
  • the transfigured dead which ascends to heaven and dwells among the gods

Sekhem – the power or form

The incorporeal personification of the vital force of a man, dwelling in heaven among the Khus.

Ren – the “name”, which exists in heaven.

Vital to a man on his journey through life and to the afterlife.

Sahu – (a mummy and a seal) – the “spiritual body”; –

a spiritual body , appearing from physical body, that can dwell on the heavens after the judgment is passed.

From the study it’s clear that Egyptian mythology had ruled out the concept of soul mate where our own soul has many parts itself.

Mayan Mythology

According to the Mayan mythology soul believe to have many parts same as like Egyptians. Those are defined such as ‘shadow’, ‘breath’, ‘blood’, and ‘bone’. The loss of one or more soul results in specific disease. Also they believed that there is a link between the human soul (mainly men) and the stars, lightening and thus it protecting him. So less known about the soul mate in Mayan mythology.

The summary of this analysis is most of the world’s mythologies believed in the souls and some of them believed in the soul mates.

In Hindu mythology :

Soul can be neither created nor be destroyed, but it changes from one body to another upon the death. This looks same as the “Law of Conservation of Energy” in Physics. Soul mate doesn’t need to be a life partner.

In Chinese /Japanese mythology:

There is a defined soul mate for each soul and they are united by marriage.

In Egyptian mythology:

No information about the soul mates, because the single person himself comprised with many souls.

In Greek mythology:

Soul mates do exist and they are destined to meet each other by marriage.

In Mayan mythology:

No concept of soul mate or no information to define a soul mate. This is same as Egyptian mythology soul with different parts.

I am happy to share such good information with you all as a part of my soul mate research. Part III of this analysis will be posted soon and wait for the more interesting facts about the soul mates.

Thanks for reading and comments. Please do post if I have left out any other information on this topic.

RIP People’s President: Bharat Ratna Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam

She lost her missile man,
The true patriot of her peninsular landscape,
Born at the south,
He saved the sovereignty from the west,
He lead his children from the north,
He sacrificed his life from the east,
At last he rest in peace on the hands,
Of the God,
His dreams,
His wings of fire are fluttering with us,
His ignited minds are we,
The luminous sparks been planted in our hearts,
The hands left us a manifesto for change,
He urged to forge our future,
The turning points he made us to draw,
He poured the light on us to blossom,
Envisioned an empowered nation,
He will live in his inspiring thoughts,
The reignited indomitable spirit he left,
Will continue his journey,
To empower three billion people,
The mission India he made,
Will accomplish the target he dreamed.

Note:
From 11th line, each line has the name of  Bharat Ratna Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam’s books name.

Peaceful world

I dreamed a world of silence,
where humanoid exists ever,
War of silence wins over Earth,
The world rests in peace.

Life is beautiful

Beautiful life it is,
Expectations over God increases,
Over and over, day by day,
Our mood swaying away,
He gives what we deserve not desires,
We forget to observe and misperceive.
Think there’s one suffered more than you,
Not be excited when you are in excess,
there’s one offered more than your success.

Civil war: Suicide of mankind

SYRIA-CONFLICT

Dear Politico, we are not fighting against-
The aliens of mankind;
but ourselves,
Polluting the mother nature by blood,
Make us feel raping the own siblings,
Rational mind is tortured to death,
We all throwing stones of our future,
It’s the hell we are building to rest.

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Untitled

 

We born untitled,

Got a name in middle,

Entitled dead body at end.