Concept of the Twin Angel
In this article, I am going to go away from short stories and military discussions to a different field which interests me greatly. I remember when I was doing my course in astrology at the College of Astrology in Shankar Puram at Bangalore, the astrologer S Iyer introduced us to the concept of a twin angel. He taught us that the concept of the twin angel is part of metaphysics. This as we know is the division of philosophy that is concerned with the fundamental nature of reality and that includes cosmology and epistemology.
The concept of a twin angel is passed down from a bygone age. It forms part of Metaphysics which is still in its infancy, but the ancients had mastered this concept and enunciated it in their scriptures. In the mythology of the agnostics, we each have a twin angel or a twin flame that is with Sofia with which she carries about her like a train of stars.
What does this mean? It means that every human being has a twin who is the exact duplicate of him. There is nothing like this in Hindu thought and much of the development of this concept is based on ancient Christian and Islamic philosophy.
This concept is born from ancient Persian Mysticism and also from the Sufi saints and has been inherited from that age. These concepts talk of an angel who is the twin of you. This belief is also part of early Christian Gnosticism. The angel who is a look-alike of you is referred to as the Twin Angel and is a means to communicate with the all mighty. It is the final destination on the path to salvation and merging with the almighty.
As per this concept, each individual soul in this world has a celestial twin who is your duplicate and is like the shadow that is always near you and yet not seen or sensed. But with austere practices, this twin angel can be reached and he will communicate with God on your behalf. The concept of the twin angel is thus a thought process that is part of ancient Persian and ancient religious lore. There are words in the Gnostic scripture and tradition about this celestial twin spirit who overshadow the human and at certain times manifest before him.
The prophet Mani, of Iranian origin, was the founder of Manichaeism, a religion of late antiquity strongly influenced by Gnosticism.He is supposed to have experienced several manifestations of his twin who finally united with him and took him to heaven
The twin angel as the word denotes is in reality an angel who is the messenger of God. Can one unite with the twin-engine in human life? This is a very difficult question to answer but I will hazard an opinion.
I had met a Muslim Pir who is no more. bless his soul, who gave some insight into the twin angel. He mentioned that this twin could be communicated with penance and austere practices.
He talked of divine revelation and the concept of a twin angel who is a look-alike of the man himself. With austere practices and penance and following certain rituals that twin can be reached and in case that happens, it will be a wonder for you.
This will lead to great tranquility of the mind and there is every possibility that one can develop powers like telepathy. The twin angel if reached can work wonders for you. Not only will you feel enlightened, but will also develop uncanny powers.
One of the men in the congregation mentioned about a bizarre incident. He recounted how a man was at two places at the same time. It appears this man was attending a prayer meeting and yet 40 miles away some other people saw this man at the same time attending to some work in his office.
Obviously the next question is how does one come close to his twin angel. I can only refer to Swami Shardanand, who once mentioned in his discourse then one could contact his twin who is the angel from God by praying for 40 nights in a bare room. He further added that one has to sit in the Lotus pose absolutely nude for at least one hour every day in the middle of the night and stare into the reflection in the mirror of a flickering lamp. This is easier said than done and is in reality a very difficult proposition.
How to meet your Twin
The man who wishes to meet his twin is to concentrate on the flame and its reflection in the mirror and chant the holy mantras. The man must stare at the reflection of the flame without blinking his eyes as that will break the spell. This process is to be repeated for as long as possible and depending upon the purity of your thoughts the twin will appear before you.
The twin will be your look-alike and can materialize in your place as well. Many researchers in this field like Henry Corbin have opined that the concept of a twin angel who is your look-alike has come down from Abraham's traditions and the 3 great religions Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are part of it. As per him Christ and other prophets had mastered their own twin soul. It was like a holy vision and the secrets of the world were then revealed to them.
One must be aware that there are also evil twin angels and in case you have evil thoughts and the evil twin appears, it could lead to a catastrophe.
The concept of a twin Angel is not for a rationalist and is only for the believer. The frontier of spirituality has not yet been breached and it's my opinion that this concept will be very difficult to unlock.