Advice 1: What is the soul

Everyone sooner or later asks the question, what is soul and does it exist at all. When the soul appears in person? What happens to the soul after death? And maybe she lived and would live forever? However, it is only to say "soul hurts," and any idea what was going on... Or - "he has no soul"! So where is she hiding this elusive soul, without which man has no right to be called a man?
What is the soul
Primitive man first began to think about the soul, when interested in such phenomena as dreams, fainting, madness. The ancients believed that during dreams the soul of a person separates from the body and travels somewhere far away, in the morning returning home. If the soul did not return home, then the person dies. The souls of the dead move into the afterlife worlds and continue to live there. If desired, they can even chat. If the person is crazy, the place of his soul is the soul of the evil spirit.
The philosophers of antiquity went on. Talked about the soul of Pythagoras, Plato and Aristotle. It was nominated for the doctrine of the World Soul, which are all parts of the human soul. The soul was understood as the source of life. Each soul, in turn, divided into animal, sensual and intelligent. The animal soul was in the abdomen, sensitive in the region of the heart, reasonable is in the head. Nature and man should be in harmony, to live "soul to soul", as they represent a single whole.
With the advent of Christianity , the soul has a new role - considered to be the image of God in man. The soul is immortal, but those who have distorted the image of God in ourselves, waiting for the afterlife retribution. So in the middle ages, encouraged asceticism and humility of the soul in all possible ways. During the Renaissance philosophers turned back to antiquity, rebelling against the humiliation of man before God, because man is his best creation.
With the development of science and philosophy under the soul began to understand the psyche, the consciousness and the entire inner world, feelings and mind. On understanding the essence of the soul worked, Hegel, Kant, and Descartes. In medicine, the notion of "mentally ill" is a person who is not in tune with their own inner world.All other theories about the soul, its form, colour and post-mortem separation from the body have not been confirmed by official science and relate to the field of esoterics. Maybe this secret will be opened once. But perhaps each of us is destined to open his own at the appointed hour.

Advice 2 : What is the soul of a sinful man

Each person has to make in life, many actions, and not all of them are correct. Much of what people do, from the point of view of the main world religions is sinful. The wrong things had the most negative effect on the human soul.
What is the soul of a sinful man
The sins of man can be very different from the notorious seven deadly sins to the multitude of seemingly small and insignificant offences. But every wrong action, no matter how small, has a devastating effect on the soul. As water wears away the stone, and gradually aggravate the sins of the soul, make it dirty, dark, overwhelmed by baser desires.

All of the above is not a metaphor. People with the gift of clairvoyance, able to see firsthand how different the souls of the righteous people from the souls of sinners. St. Theophan the recluse wrote about the righteous man with pure thoughts, the soul is light, and sinful man is black. This is confirmed by modern clairvoyants.

How polluted soul

It is very important to understand how there is spiritual decline. In the human mind almost all the time present some thoughts. But the Holy fathers a hundred years ago talked about the fact that not all thoughts belong to the person – many of them are conscious. This idea entered into the consciousness, referred to as the app. The important thing is that no matter how sinful a thought, a person is not responsible for her punishment. Because she is an alien that came from the outside.

A righteous person immediately recognizes this idea and want to defy her, she has no power over him. And the other person will listen to it – it becomes a thought. If people agree with the idea, take it, it is a combination. This is followed by the captivity, the idea of actively captures human consciousness. The last stage of submission of someone else's thoughts (which has already become his) passion.

The easiest way to ward off the sinful thought at the stage of app. Of course, this work requires constant monitoring, observation of thoughts, it is very difficult, but possible. If a person drives away sinful thoughts, his soul becoming lighter. Conversely, obeying alien sinful thoughts, people increasingly pollutes your soul, make it dark and insensitive to the truth.

Discernment of truth and falsehood

The issue of distinguishing between truth and lies is one of the most important to preserve the purity of the soul. Not everyone can immediately understand the true idea came into his mind or false. How to avoid mistakes in this matter?

In Orthodoxy it is believed that man cannot fight the lies, as Satan is infinitely smarter and more cunning than him. The lie can disguise themselves so thoroughly that even righteous people sometimes can make mistakes and accept the lie as truth.
The only correct way is to constantly ask God for help in separating truth from falsehood. As a spiritual practice the person gradually emerges a spiritual vision, he begins to see very clearly all the tricks of the dark forces, all of their lies. His soul becomes more pure and bright.

At some point, for example, during prayer the soul of the pure man becomes so bright that the light visible to the naked eye. There is plenty of evidence as shone on the face prayer of the Orthodox ascetics, sometimes the light was so bright that made people look away. Such a person's soul is completely freed from the passions, therefore, shines in its true spiritual light.

Advice 3 : How does the soul of man

Scientists until now with absolute certainty unable to confirm the existence of the soul. However, faith in the presence of his soul is so strong that he did not need scientific reasoning.
How does the soul of man

Scientific point of view

Scientists close to the idea that the soul is a bundle of energy that is inside of the human body. It is formed in the womb and leaves the body several days after death. The existence of such a bundle of energy proven some tens ago. Nowadays there are many devices that can determine the shape, size and spectral color. However, so far there is no scientific evidence that this energy cloud is the soul of man.


The Greek Plato believed that the soul outwardly looks like one. While inside man is a compound man, the lion and the Chimera that co-exist in one body. Minded people Morita spiritual hunger of their inner form, and feeds the multi-headed beast, at that time, as a rational — tries to be fair, tame the lion and ennobling Chimera. Plato presented this image as an allegory, which tried to explain human behavior.

The idea of the soul of the peoples of the world

The representatives of the people of the Inuit believed that the soul repeats the shape of the body. However, it is translucent and airy.

The Indian tribe Nootka living on the same island, I believe that the soul is like a small copy of a person growth of 30-50 centimeters. Night can leave the physical body and roam the house.

The ancient Slavs who lived in the Western part of Russia, it was believed that the soul is like a translucent cloud of smoke, which can attain any shape. According to legends, was located in the area between the throat and belly. Ancient people believed that grows and ages along with a person pairs eating the food that he uses.

The first settlers of Sloboda Ukraine was a belief that the soul is a tiny man with a transparent body, which protects its owner. And the inhabitants of Vladimir region believed in the same little man, however, imagined him without bones.

Many peoples of the world existed beliefs, according to which the souls of the dead or even the living people in the dream state, can assume the form of animals, insects or trees.

The soul in Christianity

In the Christian religion there is no clear description of the soul. However, repeatedly mentioned in the Bible.
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