Monday, June 2, 2008


Interestingly, in Philosophy, whereas the concept of 'soul' has been extensively deliberated, the concept of 'soulmates' has not been so. However, outside philosophy, especially in popular media, most, if not all, books or movies on romance have the concept of soul mates embedded in them. It does not take a philosopher to speculate about soul mates, and many a philosopher might have actually been born out of a sorrowful 'soul mate' history.
Going through such a phase myself, of late, I have been wondering about the concept of soul mate. Not about my soulmate in particular, (though it could be the case), but about soulmates in general.

1) What if there can be more than one soulmate for a person? If we were to assume that soul is multidimensional, then cannot a soul have a mate for one dimension, and another mate for other dimension?

2) What if a person can be one's own soulmate? In its current form, a soul mate is understood as external to oneself. So, the search for wholeness is externally-oriented, seeking to fill in one's incompleteness from outside. But what if the internal holds the potential for wholeness?

What set me off thinking was Richard Bach's book 'A Bridge Across Forever', in which he writes at one place:
"If the perfect mate, I thought, is one who meets all the needs all the time, and if one of our needs is for variety itself, then no one person anywhere can be the perfect mate! The only true soulmate is to be found in many different people."
And how does the idea of evolution of a soul fit in with the idea of a soulmate? Do soulmates evolve together? Because evolving entails a change in wordviews, values, abilities, knowledge, etc, then how does one soul's evolution affect its soul mate's evolution?
How does one know when one has found one's soul mate?

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