DO BAHÁ'ÍS BELIEVE IN SOUL MATES?

BAHÁ'Í INSPIRED

The quotes

“There is no teaching in the Bahá'í Faith that "soul mates" exist. What is meant is that marriage should lead to a profound friendship of spirit, which will endure in the next world…” 

(on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, 4 December 1954, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 452)

"The Lord, peerless is He, hath made woman and man to abide with each other in the closest companionship, and to be even as a single soul. They are two helpmates, two intimate friends, who should be concerned about the welfare of each other. If they live thus, they will pass through this world with perfect contentment, bliss, and peace of heart, and become the object of divine grace and favor in the Kingdom of heaven. "

(Selections From the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p.320)

“Concerning your wish for a marriage partner to enhance your life and service, you are encouraged to trust in God, pursue your purposes with a joyful heart, and identify opportunities, through your own prayerful consideration or through consultation with others, to meet a man to whom you could consider being married.”

(On behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual, August 25, 2010)

"For every thing, however, God has created a sign and symbol, and established standards and tests by which it may be known."

(Abdu'l-Baha, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 33)

“You mention the fact that sometimes you feel strongly attracted to people whom you have never known before… The reason why one feels attracted is due to such gifts and qualities with which the soul is endowed and which exert a powerful and latent influence.”

Shoghi Effendi

Munirih Khanum wrote about her companionship with her husband, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:

‘If I were to write the details of the fifty years of my association with the Beloved of the world, of His love, His mercy and bounty, I would need fifty years more of time and opportunity in order to write it; yet, if the seas of the world were turned into ink and the leaves of the forest into paper, I would not render adequate justice to the subject.’ 

(Honnold, Annamarie, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 103)

Abdu'l-Baha in writing to a Baha'i stated that everyone had an affinity, but that affinities did not always meet in this world, and if they did, they might not be happy together, as this was not a place for perfect happiness. He added that there was no power that could keep them apart and that in one of the worlds of God they would recognize their oneness, and go through eternity inseparable. He refers further to this: "The souls who sacrifice self, become detached of the realm of man and free from the bondage of this ephemeral world, assuredly the rays of the splendors of the Divine Union shall shine in their hearts, and they shall find ideal, real relationship in the Eternal Paradise."

– Abdu’l Baha Reference: The Bahá’í World, 1936-1938, Volume 7, Part 4, #22, p. 763, (Marriage and Family Life)

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