You may wonder what this esoteric title is all about. The ‘soul’ is a term that has been mentioned throughout generations and its meaning represents the most important question facing humanity from time immemorial. If you look for an explanation in the dictionary, there are many theories for this word. One of these is that the soul is the spiritual nature of humans, regarded as immortal, separable from the body at death, and susceptible to happiness or misery in a future state. The soul can also be synonymous with the spirit, mind or self. In Genesis 2:7 it is plainly written that “God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul,” with Adam serving as the mystical template of the human soul.
In the Hebrew Scriptures, the soul is described as the self, thus a body without a soul, such as when death occurs, there is no life, sight, hearing, thought or speech, intelligence and emotions, will and desire, personality and identity. In Kabalistic terms, the soul has five different names: Nefesh (soul), Ruach (spirit), Neshamah (breath), Chayah (life) and Yechidah (singularity), meaning five levels of dimension, the higher the level of dimension, the closer to God.
Because we are all mortals, and we know that sooner or later we will all die, the soul assumes a particular significance in our lives and draws important questions such as why we are here on Earth, what is the purpose of our creation, and what is to become of us after death? Answers abound in the literature throughout the ages, especially in religious and spiritual terms, of our destiny as humans. Even in the scientific world, the famous Canadian cardiologist, Wilfred Bigelow, urged profound and systematic research to unearth where the soul resides and where it comes from. We all have our theories and mine is the following:
You have read in my previous essay how vast is the universe. Man can reach the moon, but even closer planets like Mars is an insurmountable odyssey which would require an average of 21 months, 9 months to reach it, 3 months there waiting for proper alignment, and 9 months to get back. Even for this rather short amount of time relative to other planets, the human body could not endure it since there are physiological consequences of being weightless for a long period of time. So here goes my theory: since the physical body cannot withstand such long journeys to the vast Universe, the soul has to separate from the body. After it separates from the physical body, it travels to God’s assigned planets in the galaxy where this spiritual spark will receive God’s final judgment until it reunites with the body in the World to Come. Some souls will reach this World sooner than others, depending on their level of spirituality, and behavior on Earth. This theory makes the premise of resurrection a reality as prophesied in Ezekiel 37:1-14.
This may be a farfetched theory, but considering the vastness of the universe and the billions of planets around us, the only way to reach what is beyond humanistic reach is through the spiritual realm which is our precious soul, the highest, immortal component of our being.