I was checking Wikipedia & read two interesting tales on soul mates. One story about Soul-mates, presented by Aristophanes in Plato's 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.
It is said that the 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 ……
I don’t know how true this story is but one thing is for sure that the presence of your true Soul-Mate can help you achieve any thing in life. Because He/She is always going to motivate you, support you, stand by you and give you the confidence that no one else can . . . Whenever you are in doubt about your relationship look at the affinity and the bond you have with someone, do they help you to focus more in life & help you to grow intellectually or do they do the opposite? The understanding would be more than enough to know if that person is your soul mate or not. The presence of your True Love Soul-mate makes you energized, happy, cheerful and you feel no matter what happens in life you know that you will be fine . . . . This is also a very mutual feeling however it isn’t necessary that you get to live an entire life time with your Soul-mate. Most importantly a soul-mate creatively inspires his/her other half. You love to share any thing and everything with that person and you feel extremely comfortable as if you have known that person for long and you can talk about thing without being JUDGED. His/Her absence in your life makes everything look dull, sad and lifeless.
Even Vedic astrology advices people to match their horoscopes & then go ahead and marry the one who matches with them the most. Vedic astro tells you to live your life with someone who are the closest with you and think & behave in a similar manner. . in simpler words some one who is just like YOU ! ! Vedic astrology also believes that a True Soul-mate brings luck, prosperity and happiness in your life.
A few years ago when i had read the book written by Dr. Brain Weiss (Many lives Many masters) one of the patient's past live regression therapy had an interesting account and i am writing it in my own words. While he (author) regressed her patient to one of her past lives she revealed that she was a high profile prostitute who was in love with a guy. The guy was young & talented but he was struggling to be a minister. Both of them knew that they were each others soul mates & felt profound emotions for each other. They promised to each other that they will live together & face all situations no matter how tough they would be. The young guy wanted to give her a great life filled with love and happiness. For the struggling minister it was a tough road ahead but he still wanted to make a mark . . . He thought that if he had the support of his lady love then he was good to take up any challenge & succeed. . . But the girl got delusion-ed and chose an old but rich minister who was very powerful at that time. She got carried away as greed took over love and she became the old minister's Keep .... Her lover tried a lot to convince her but she didn't listen to him ... She broke his heart into many peices . . . Heartbroke, he lost his faith & respect and moved on in life .... and swore never to see her again . . . . . Very soon the old but rich minister lost his position & along with that he also lost all the wealth he had .... he became a pauper and from riches came down to rags. The young struggling boy who was a 'nobody' rose to power and became the richest, powerful man. He also got married to someone else even though he knew that he loved the woman who left him for money. . . and the prostitute who had opted materialistic pleasure & not love had nowhere to go .... she also started suffering from incurable & painful diseases and throughout her life regretted for making the wrong choice. On her death bed she yearned to see her soul mate only once but that didn't happen till she lived that life.
Well .... a lot of people make such choices , in-fact nowadays this trend is on an upward swing because people don't even care about feelings as they are simple driven by momentary Lust, money and ego . . .
Another old story says that the feet of Saint Guénolé (Winwaloe, Guignolé) statue, in a Prigny (Loire-At antique) chapel, are pierced with needles by local girls who hope to find their soul-mates. According to Theosophy, God created Androgynous Souls (being 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 . . .
Do let me know how you feel ... ?? & Hope u enjoyed reading this :)
- Chandra Mehendrou