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Thursday, 15 December 2016

Soulmates

Soulmates is a combination of two diverse though connected concepts: mates (friends) and soul. Most people would probably define a soulmate as a unique friendship between the opposite sex. Based upon my own experience, I'm sure that soulmates are not unique and I doubt that they are restricted to the opposite sex.

I'm fortunate to have known 2 soulmates. Unfortunately, one of them has recently deceased. Missing soulmates leave a permanent void in our life unlike "regular" broken friendships or relationships. Finding "closure" and "moving on" is nearly impossible in case of a soulmate, whether alive or deceased. I recommend watching Beyond Closure, a wonderful TED video by Nancy Berns who is a Professor of Sociology at Drake University.

I think, feel and believe that soulmates are connected through their souls and also that the soul is the linking pin between our dimension and those that we cannot sense (eg, feel, hear, see, smell, taste). I suppose that a soul contains our identity (ie, thoughts, words, deeds). To a certain extent, we can "sense" certain thoughts of soulmates as if they are broadcasting.

The connection between souls and immortality is all around. In J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels, Lord Voldemort becomes immortal because he has found a way to split his soul in several parts which are hidden in Horcruxes. Although the word horcrux was invented by J. K. Rowling, the underlying concept is much older. A good example is Aladdin, a Persian folk tale from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, who releases a jinnī from an oil lamp in a magic cave.
 
The Faravahar is the main symbol (see right) of Zoroastrianism and still is a national Iranian symbol.

The explanation of the Faravahar is interesting: A bird-shaped old wise man carrying 2 rings. The ring in the center symbolizes the eternity of universe or the eternal nature of the soul. The wings represent good thoughts, words and deeds while the tail represents bad thoughts, words and deeds. The legs or loops represent positive and negative forces in life. (site)

Zoroastrianism was the official religion of Iran before the Muslim conquest of Persia in 652 and is - to a certain extent - the predecessor of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The Persian prophet was called Zoroaster (or Zarathustra) and their Supreme Being, Ahura Mazda (Wise Lord). Also see my 8 January 2016 blog: Also sprach Zarathustra.

After writing the above, the word "soulmate" suddenly gets a new meaning to me. A soulmate is the rare person with whom your soul connects for a reason (eg, friendship, love). A breakup or death does not end such a connection as a soul is immortal and also not physical in nature. 

“In a world full of temporary things, you are a perpetual feeling.” Quote by Sanober Khan

Natasha Bedingfield - Soulmate (2007) - artist, lyrics, video, Wiki-1, Wiki-2

Here we are again, circles never end
How do I find the perfect fit
There's enough for everyone
But I'm still waiting in line