Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Courtesy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SoulmateOne story about soulmates, presented by Aristophanes in Plato's Symposium, is that humans originally consisted of four arms, four legs, and a single head made of two faces, but Zeus feared their power and split them all in half, condemning them to spend their lives searching for the other half to complete them:
[Primeval man] could walk upright as men now do, backwards or forwards as he pleased, and he could also roll over and over at a great pace, turning on his four hands and four feet, eight in all, like tumblers going over and over with their legs in the air; this was when he wanted to run fast …Terrible was their might and strength, and the thoughts of their hearts were great, and they made an attack upon the gods ... Doubt reigned in the celestial councils. Should they kill them and annihilate the race with thunderbolts, as they had done the giants, then there would be an end of the sacrifices and worship which men offered to them; but, on the other hand, the gods could not suffer their insolence to be unrestrained. At last, after a good deal of reflection, Zeus discovered a way. He said: 'I have a plan which will humble their pride and improve their manners; men shall continue to exist, but I will cut them in two and then they will be diminished in strength and increased in numbers; this will have the advantage of making them more profitable to us. They shall walk upright on two legs, and if they continue insolent and will not be quiet, I will split them again and they shall hop about on a single leg.'
—Aristophanes, Plato’s Symposium, [1]

According to Theosophy, whose claims were modified by Edgar Cayce, God created androgynous souls, equally male and female. Later theories postulate that the souls split into separate genders, perhaps because they incurred karma while playing around on the Earth, or "separation from God". Over a number of reincarnations, each half seeks the other. When all karmic debt is purged, the two will fuse back together and return to the ultimate.[2][3]


Sup! said...

i also read that Zeus theory sometime back in some novel. There's another one that describes the soulmates concept through big bang explosion...

Scribbling Girl said...

I listened to this theory yesterday in the series 'Bones' and now I read here......Interesting :)

aria said...

had read one line on your FB.. great to read the full post .. !!

Luscious Sealed Lips said...

No wonder it is said, two bodies and one soul. Or even, two becoming one. Makes sense now. :)


KG said...

Interesting, it reminds me of an article I had read about why people yell in anger. And the article stated: “when two people are angry their hearts are distanced and so to be heard a person then needs to scream. On the other hand when your hearts are closer, whispers and even silence can be heard without much effort".

sanely insane said...

@Sup...somehow whenever i read the big bang theory...my mind always latches onto the pervy channel :P

@Scribbling Gal...where do you think i heard it from :P interesting stuff we get to hear on tv shows and then parents said don't watch tv :P

@Aria...all for your reading pleasure :P

@LSL...yeah am glad its just two...imagine if it were three...wat wud b the odds of finding the other two :P

@KG...thats why some couples can sit next to each other, not say a word and that looks to b the most romantic thing ever :P

Mrinalini said...

how come you touched upon this subject? i m very curious..
this has been playing upon my mind for a while now, and i am scared to imagine if i havent found him yet or if i have..the connection is supposed to be strong, a click, a bond, something will tell, right?
and what if it never does? does it mean karma had the last laugh?

Ria said...

Aah i always believed in soul mates and here we a have a whole theory on it. Me likes.

sanely insane said...

@Mrinu well it was an episode of bones...that jst goes to show one can learn a lot...even from tv

@Ria u come up with any topic and am sure they'll be a theory on it :)