Understanding The Soul

Why do people suffer?  Why are some people afflicted with cancer? Why do people suffer from diseases? Why do people get into accidents? Why do bad people appear in our lives? Are these all coincidences or planned by God?

God tells us it is our own soul that brings upon joy or suffering to us:

23 Above all else, guard your heart/soul,

    for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23

In the first verse in our most sacred book, God emphasizes her concern about the sufferings in the world by telling us we do not understand the soul:

Looking all over the world and through all ages, I find no one who understands the soul. Ofudesaki 1-1

Gods tells us why we need to understand the soul:

In whatever matters, if the soul of each of you is purified, there will be no danger. Ofudesaki 13-83

What is the soul, and how do we purify it?  The soul has also been called the heart or the spirit. Scientists have not yet located and verified the existence of the soul in our bodies, but many of us believe that it exists. From a hypothetical perspective, the soul is who we are. “My soul exist, therefore I am” would be an analogous phrase to what the great philosopher Descartes once said to prove his own existence.

Our souls are who we are; and our bodies are transient dwellings borrowed from God, that our souls utilize to seek true joy. Our physical bodies eventually decay, but our souls continue for eternity. Our souls are like little suitcases that carry our essence. They collect, store and carry information from one lifetime to another. Metaphorically, some suitcases will be described as more heavy and distorted, bringing upon negative thoughts and suffering to the body; while other souls will be described as light and symmetrical in shape, bringing upon positive thoughts and only joy to the body.  But why the differences between souls? To find out, one needs to understand the relationships between the mind, body and the soul.

Have you ever wondered if you are able to think after you die? Does a soul by itself have a mind?  Some will say that the soul needs a medium like our bodies (central nervous system), or God’s infinite body in Heaven to think. How does this happen?

The soul carries information in the form of energies, the precursors of good and evil thoughts. Our souls descend from heaven and enter our developing bodies; and interact with our complex neural systems (part of the body), creating a unique individualized mind . One can say that our minds within our bodies become an expression of what information our souls contain. Even before we are able to think, because of what information (energies) our eternal souls have collected and stored from our past lives, we have our own distinct attitudes of thoughts; but these thoughts exclude the memories of past lives.

Although we find ourselves to have our own individual inclination of thoughts, we have choice to act or not act upon them. Our sacred scriptures tells us not to act upon our evil thoughts. We have ultimate control over our thoughts to use our bodies to act good or evil; but as we find out when we are ill, we may not always be able to control our bodies with our thoughts. This makes sense since we borrow our bodies from God.

Our bodies like everything around us is owned by God. So when we use our minds to do harm against others, we are hurting God. When we don’t take care of our bodies like taking drugs or alcohol, we are hurting God. When we discriminate against others due to appearance, we are discriminating against God. As for what happens to us because of these and other evil acts against God, we need to understand the soul.

Understanding the soul is of utmost importance for what happens to us in the future. Like the DNA (genes) that stores the information to construct and maintain our bodies, the soul collects and stores information (as negative and positive energies) that will determine if we suffer or have joy in the future.

Our pure soul by itself is an amalgam of positive energies (+) derived from God at our creation. Each of us has the positive energies of God within our souls.  These positive energies should only manifest into joy and positive thoughts . God tells us that human beings were created to live the Joyous life. But why is there suffering in the world?

There is suffering because in past lives, we have acted upon our existing evil thoughts to commit evil acts or sins against each other. These negative acts against God produce the negative energies that the soul collects and stores. In the Bible, God tells us to guard our souls against these negative acts by not acting on our evil thoughts.

23 Above all else, guard your heart/soul,

    for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23

Sufferings, inconveniences, and temptations are the results of the delayed manifestations of these negative energies (-) that surround our souls . They sooner or later flow from our souls/hearts. We eventually reap what we have sowed. Understanding the soul explains how causality, innen and karma function as nature’s justice.

God tells us that evil thoughts (see figure 6) are in many of our minds, and warns us not to act upon them. The following is from Proverbs:

24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;

    keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;

    fix your gaze directly before you.

26 Give careful thought to the[a] paths for your feet

    and be steadfast in all your ways.

27 Do not turn to the right or the left;

    keep your foot from evil.

We can remove evil thoughts from our minds by not acting on them, especially when our souls bring forth inconveniences or temptations. It is our souls that reminds us with obstacles that we have evil thoughts in our minds; yet many of us do not understand it’s manifestations and continue to believe that evil comes from outside of our bodies. This causes us to act upon what we believe is the source of evil, creating more evil thoughts and adding to the negative energies surrounding our souls; the cycle of suffering continues when we do not understand the soul.

When we understand the soul, we realize that our present obstacles are the result of our own past evil actions. We should not become angry at the messengers of our souls. Do not blame your spouse, coworker, strangers, or even God. It is easy to act with retribution when you feel that you have been wronged. It is also easy to blame others, even blaming God when suffering occurs. We must look within ourselves first.

If we can calm our mind and not act upon the evil thoughts in our minds when the soul delivers these inconveniences or temptations, we can gradually eliminate evil thoughts from our minds; and therefore eliminate the negative energies associated with our evil actions.

Gradually we can purify our minds and have only joy delivered by our pure positive souls. Understanding the soul is the first step to our salvation. The second step is believing in the soul and responding appropriately to what the soul manifest; this is the most difficult step in pondering, and not blaming others.

God compares the digging up of a root to the process of  purifying our minds. As we must have strength and persistence in removing a long root, we must have persistence and strength not to act upon our evil thoughts when inconveniences occur in our lives. We must not be discouraged by what our souls bring forth in suffering; some of us may have longer roots(more sufferings) because we have more evil thoughts to remove. When we purify our minds (completely dig the root), our souls will bring upon only joy.

 

About heaventruth

A fundamentalist in the translation and interpretation of the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), as it relates to the world today and in the future.
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