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The Soul is beyond concept. It cannot be seen or touched. It cannot be explained but only realized when the mind is still and silent.
It is at the core of your being. This is the unconditioned, the unborn. This is the source of wisdom and true love. This is the space behind thoughts filled with love and compassion.
Consciousness: The Soul
Soul, the Self and the pure Consciousness are the same. When I reach this place, I feel a « presence », a loving awareness.
Around the world London, Greece, Bali, Thailand, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, New Zealand, Hawaii, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, the Soul is the deep I beyond the egoic mind. This is who you really are, this part never dies. For a long time, I didn’t know this part of myself. I realize now that something was missing in my life.
The egoic mind is always looking to feel whole, to be complete, to belong and to be loved. It is always looking for that on the outside trying to achieve things, buy stuff, through relationships but it is never satisfied for too long.
Consciousness doesn’t need to do anything because it is already complete. Connecting to this deeper place brings peacefulness and clarity, feeling of love and belonging.
As it is said in the Upanishads, “He who is rich in the knowledge of the Self does not covet external power or possession.”
The Upanishads also say that the Soul is not what is perceived but the one who perceives, the seer. It is the unconditioned consciousness before forms, thoughts, feelings, emotions, sense perceptions. The individual Self is called Atman or Atma and the universal spirit, God, Brahman.
According to the schools of non-dualism, the individual Soul is an illusion. The dualistic philosophies, however, recognize the individual Souls as separate and distinct from the Supreme Self (Brahman).
Each Soul is unique and reincarnates to continue its cycle of births and deaths.
For the Soul there is neither birth nor death at any time. It has not come into being, does not come into being, and will not come into being. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing, and primeval. It is not slain when the body is slain.
For the last few years, I have been following and practising the Buddhist teachings.
The Buddhist denies the existence of a permanent self including a Soul as it is expressed in Hinduism.
However, in the Mahayana tradition, the essence of who we all are is called our Buddha nature. It will be the nature of the mind rather than a self.