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Topic: Atma, see also Soul, Self, Spirit

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Our bodies may be different, but the soul, atma, is what we all have in common Atma means the self or the soul. This is what we really are—the spiritual spark inside our body—as distinct from what we mistakenly think we are—our body and mind. Generally we think of ourselves in terms of the various labels we've had pinned on us—American, English, Christian, Hindu, white, black, liberal,...
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Spirit and matter are two seemingly incompatible things which, when combined, make up "the world as we know it." Basic qualities of spirit: permanent, conscious, always satisfied and blissful. Basic qualities of matter: temporary, unconscious, subject to adverse conditions. For example, I—the person, the spirit—feel that I exist. My senses collect data, and I experience those things. Life isn’...
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Sometime in the 1730’s, a young Scottish philosopher tried, and failed, to find himself. David Hume reflected upon this experience in his first book, A Treatise of Human Nature (1739). The passage is much quoted and anthologized. I encountered it frequently as an undergraduate philosophy major, for my teachers regarded it as a watershed in Western philosophy. They revered David Hume—progenitor of...
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A conversation with His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Srila Prabhupada: The Lord says, mamaivamsho jiva-loke jiva-bhutah sanatanah. Find this verse. Disciple: All right, Srila Prabhupada. That’s in Bhagavad-gita. Fifteenth Chapter, text seven. “The living entities in this conditional world,” Krishna says, “are My eternal, fragmental parts.” And then He adds, manah-...
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No, this isn’t a racy title to increase readership of my blogs. This is the name of a movie from 1972. While on an errand, Srila Prabhupada happened to see the ad for this movie on a billboard, and mentioned it in a Srimad-Bhagavatam. He spoke about it with a mixture of wry humor and seriousness. As an ideal acharya (exemplary teacher), he took note of whatever he encountered, and by giving a...