What is the difference between spirit and soul?
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That is a book in itself. Nearly all Holy scriptures mention both, spirit and soul. Islam, for example, recognises the difference, however, admittedly does not say much. I was intrigued by this, since I first read the following verse when a child:
Sura 17, “Isra’, The Night Journey, Children Of Israel”: Ayat 85, “…They ask thee concerning the Spirit. Say: “The Spirit (cometh) by command of my Lord: of knowledge it is only a little that is communicated to you, (O men!)”.The Holy Qur’an]
The Torat says, in: Job: Chapter 7: Verse 11, … “Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.” … more
[The Holy Tanakh], and in The Gospel According to St. Matthew: Chapter 12: Verse 18, … “Behold, my servant whom I have chosen; My beloved in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my Spirit upon him, And he shall declare judgment to the Gentiles”. … more
[The New Testament].
Very briefly, my understanding of it is: a soul is an aspect of your whole spirit consciousness. Like a bead in a string of a necklace, this is made up of several strings.
Some part of you, of the whole spiritual being, Sallie the bead, can reincarnate, for example; but the rest of you, the string of a necklace, does not have to necessarily. So when you die, the bead goes back to the string, which is also part of the whole necklace, which that would be made up of other beads. Thus the necklace is does not always stay exactly the same, as the bead develops. And as such we are all connected.
This could also mean that the same exact soul does not necessarily reincarnate into another body, in the next life. To put it simplistically, I do not think souls are ‘recycled’ – as one would imagine. Rather, the bead transforms and consequently the necklace transforms. Meaning, there is a unique soul/body print, just as there are unique snowflakes and unique finger prints, neither are duplicated-ever.
Also, if you like, the spirit referred to as an essence. Soul is an aspect of the whole essence. Your soul can share its essence with another. Let’s call your whole spiritual entity as ‘Molana.’ So, Molana the string which is made up of many beads (many souls), can have for example, one bead (soul) incarnated as Sallie in the USA, and also another bead (soul) incarnate as Xian Shwan in China; for example, at the same time. And so on. Perhaps another bead of Molana is incarnated as something else too, as an aspect of the whole, not a duplicate.
The Molana consciousness/essence can by incarnating as different beads, learn more. Different bits of Molana can learn different things from all the different beads, so it can, if it wishes, grow and develop. Molana will learn different lessons and have different experiences will be a better more developed string or indeed a different/higher essence which is not Malona. This will bring it closer to other strings that make up that necklace. And so on. In other words closer to the creator, the One.
My understanding is that all beings are beads, including angles etc….beads of various strings, which make up the BIG cosmic necklace. The bead is not recycled, but as it grows it develops into another type of bead of which an aspect might reincarnate as a different snow flake (or not).
I feel, that the essence, Malona for example, is changed through the experience of various beads that it is no longer Malona, but a new(er) version of the essence, and therefore the beads are not exactly the same either. But perhaps the process is.
Hope it makes sense.
Lots of love.