The soul of a man, nephesh (neh'-fesh); a breathing creature, (bodily or mental): appetite, beast, body, breath, creature, X dead (-ly), desire, X [dis-] contented, X fish, ghost, + greedy, he, heart (-y), (hath, X jeopardy of) life (X in jeopardy), lust, man, me, mind, mortally, one, own, person, pleasure, (her-, him-, my-, thyself-), them (your)- selves, + slay, soul, + tablet, they, thing, (X she) will, X would have it.
The soul of a man was meant to be self sustainable. its lubrication, healing, fulfillment, contentment is vested inwardly. any time the soul looks outwardly for satisfaction sorrow crips in. outward satisfaction brings a yearning not a fulfillment. you will always desire and your soul will have to be serviced with these outward lubrications all your days of your life in this dimension,earth. so sad we have fallen in this trap. We are born in a vexed dimension,earth, were we are taught the soul has to be sustained by outward elements. our souls have been deprogrammed to look for maintenance utilities on the out ward. We are controlled by a self imposed system. our lives from the time we are conceived are controlled and determined by the "system". every thing is a model of what the "system" has created. it tell us what to eat, speak, read, know, it even gives us a go ahead on when to move on and live a good life, "education". The system has made us so busy imitating its standards that we have become zombies, dummy, robots, without a mind of our own to look and get the truth about living in this kingdom of the blind.
and so we continue losing our souls and living in sorrow for ever.
Yet the answer is always with us. no external influence will bring enlightenment to this wretched soul. Even the God,source of life, root of life, lives in us. when we stop and beginning thinking, feeding, reading.... from inside we will find peace untold. until then we continue loosing our souls. a lost soul is one which has given its power to sustain itself to the flesh. the flesh is the biggest enemy we have.
Human being = flesh + soul
Flesh tends to feed from outward sources. its that which makes us sorrow and hope for the physical elements
Soul inclines inwards. Its that which makes us believe and fight to go back to the source of life, inward.
so there is a tag of war in every human. the answer is to kill one. here is wisdom if you kill the soul, lost soul, you will go to Hell rather your life will be a living hell you will always be restless and yearning to fill the place of the soul you have lost with physical elements but alas the soul is irreplaceable. if you kill the flesh, bring the flesh in subjection to the will of the soul, you will have infinite peace. your soul will reconnect to the internal source, God, Source of life, were comes incorruptible peace and joy. the soul will be blind to the physical elements and hence will never be vexed.