What is the soul, the Atman

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What is the soul, the Atman

Post by AiR_Ravimelwani on Sat Sep 26, 2015 8:37 am

If somebody were to ask the question - what is the soul, the spirit, the atman, it would seem like a simple question, but it would be so difficult to explain.

The atman is the life within; it is the very existence thatís in us. The atman creates life. It comes into existence when we are manifested as this body and when the manifestation is over. When we die the atman seems to leave the body, leaving the body behind. The body is made up of five elements of space, fire, earth, air and water and the atman occupies the body and then when the body dies, the atman leaves the body and whatís left behind are the five elements - the same five elements.

So, what is that soul, the atman? Where did it come from? Where did it go? What exactly created the atman? What is the atman made up of? If it is invisible, intangible, un-describable, then what is it? We say it is an atman, a spirit, the soul, but what is the soul?

Well, such a simple question sometimes is so difficult to understand or to explain. Thatís why it is necessary to introspect, to meditate, to deeply contemplate on who we are. What is the true meaning of our spirit or our soul, our atman? The answer is not something that can come to anybody because we are so distracted by this world that our mind refuses to concentrate. The mind is so distracted by all the senses and the circumstances around us that we are unable to pay attention to a simple thing like our soul, our atman, whereas this is the most important aspect of our life.

AiR

AiR_Ravimelwani


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