Can We Guess How Young Your Soul Is?

Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

Reincarnation is the transmigration of the soul from one body to another, at the endpoint of the old life and the beginning of the new one. Many cultures believe in some version of this. In some religious traditions, upon the point of death, the soul is measured, and if it has not reached the intended milestones, it is returned to the physical plane in a new form. Some religions believe that every reincarnation returns the soul to another human body, while others believe souls can be reincarnated into animals or even inanimate objects. Even the ancient Egyptians, who did not explicitly believe in reincarnation, placed "ka statues" in the tombs of the dead so that if the body was violated, the soul would have a place to reside.

The age of a soul is said to be related to one's progress to spiritual perfection, be it nirvana or some other state, depending on the culture. While most people will require many reincarnations to reach the plateau of enlightenment, this need not be always the case. As a result of these young souls with an aptitude for enlightenment, gauging the age of a soul is a complicated undertaking, and it does not necessarily indicate that a soul is closer to enlightenment than another because age is only a corollary, not a definite indicator. Take this quiz, and we will give you our best guess as to the age of your soul!

When a total stranger insults you in public, how do you respond?

Which sound do you find most relaxing?

Can you remain content when a major goal of yours is thwarted?

Health constraints aside, how flexible are you about what you eat?

Would you rather spend time with your loved ones, or spend time in a hobby you do alone?

Which of these would you trade any of the others for?

Of these, what virtue do you hold above the others?

How do you behave in victory over an opponent?

Where do you go for peace and quiet?

What is the difference between discomfort and pain?

What sort of person do you hope to be when you are very old?

What is it about death that you find most terrifying?

How do you feel about books purporting to assist on the path of enlightenment?

What is the most important principle?

When waiting without anything with which to entertain yourself, what do you do?

How do you react when you are physically injured?

When you see a person suddenly fall down, how do you react?

How do you feel about your chores?

If you could have any of these things, which would you want?

To whom are you closest?

What is your responsibility to all human beings?

When you think of your past, to which memories are you most drawn?

What quality is most commonly possessed by the people whom you admire?

How well do you examine your own opinions?

Which of these qualities do you feel makes something beautiful?

How long do you wait for an elevator before simply opting for the stairs?

What trait in a friend would you consider reason to put an end to a friendship?

How concerned are you with divine judgement?

Which of the following resources is the most valuable?

How do you react when someone begins a sentence, forcing you to sit and listen, then takes a bite of food before continuing?

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