Monday, November 14, 2011

My soul is this thing... that floats around my head?

Taken from :
Soul :


1.the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans,regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, andcommonly held to be separable in existence from the body;the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physicalpart.
2.the spiritual part of humans regarded in its moral aspect, oras believed to survive death and be subject to happiness ormisery in a life to come: arguing the immortality of the soul.
3.the disembodied spirit of a deceased person: He feared thesoul of the deceased would haunt him.
4.the emotional part of human nature; the seat of the feelingsor sentiments.
5. a human being; person.


I have no idea how to edit the settings of this post, so let me just get to it. 

I have never quite understood the concept of the word soul. 

I mean, does it float... and if it is visible,would it look like a halo around your frikkin head? Does it have anything to do with the classic 'Good Vs Evil' thing that happened in cartoons where a Devil sat on your left shoulder and an angel hovering on your right?

It gets even more confusing when I try to interpret it using everything I know about Islam. I am not saying I know much,  but I do know enough to say that I know stuff. 

Soul is defined as 'nyawa' in Malay, which in turn translates directly to 'Life'. 

I still remember the subtitles to an old black and white P. Ramlee (An old movie genius) classic, 'Nujum Pak Belalang (Literally translated; Pak Belalang, the astrologer?; I welcome any other suggestions to the title in English.). It did refer to soul as 'nyawa'. 

Comparing to the quality of English now to how it was back then, I would rather accept the old translation.

So will my soul be doomed to hell for having sex, drinking beer and swearing like a sailor? Won't I be able to redeem it by living my life believing that no one is ever black or white, only good or bad?

Will my soul be polluted just because I believe in what I believe in now? 

Will it? 

Strange thoughts comes to mind when I am gazing at the sunrise from the 16th floor at 6.59 am in the morning after a long night of Payroll Core training.


  1. i usually use the word soul when i want to mean good conscience.

  2. hah. of course the big question here is not the meaning of the word soul.

    (your tweet on prayers to the universe make me LOL, btw.)

  3. when i read something i often have this imaginary scene in my head too. i was imagining an ocean of zen and serious looking people sitting together chanting or meditating, getting closer to THE answer and there came you asking them the question. they would then suddenly stopped what they were doing and stared at you in disbelief.

    wei i swear it was funny in my head.

    (ok i admit i have a weird thought process.)

  4. Haha, it is funny.

    Well I am not against it, I kind of believe in it. But I won't be sitting there trying to be zen and all. I believe, I can be praying, even when I am out on my own drinking ice blended. lol... but yeah you do have a weird thought process

  5. The soul is what makes us ... us.
    It's not a thing.
    It's not a concept.
    it is us.
    Blood might make the body live.
    But the soul is the force that drive our life.
    Nyawa is not just life.
    It's all that is alive in us.