(This post is inspired by a discussion with a philosopher friend).
What is a soul? Does it really exist? How does it look like? How does it feel? Has anyone seen or experienced it?
Defining soul is not easy for an average person. Probably it is not easy for religious and spiritual scholars either. Most literatures imply soul as immortal self of a person or a living being. Socrates and Plato explained death as separation of soul from the body. Hinduism advocates the same describing human body as a mere physical shell or clothes for a soul.
Accepting an abstract, invisible, shapeless, formless and divine entity is hard for some but what further complicates this super natural phenomenon is individuality and yet uniformity of souls. Are all souls equal or some are superior to others? Is there a degree of purity associated with the souls? Some philosophers argue soul is God while the most important Hindu scripture Geeta states existence of God as well as souls. However both schools say that soul is pure. Soul is beyond and free from material greed, self indulgence, love, hate, emotions, pain, happiness, despair, relationship, ego or physical pleasure. And that makes souls homogeneous and yet different. A spiritual path to self realization may lead some to experience eternal bliss of soul but most of us will probably know it after leaving this world.
What do you think?