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Atman of hinduism

Atman means 'eternal self'. The atman refers to the real self beyond ego or false self. It is often referred to as 'spirit' or 'soul' and indicates our true self or essence which underlies our existence.
There are many interesting perspectives on the self in Hinduism ranging from the self as eternalservant of God to the self as being identified with God. The understanding of the self as eternal supportsthe idea of reincarnation in that thesame eternal being can inhabit temporary bodies.
The idea of atman entails the idea of the self as a spiritual ratherthan material being and thus there is a strong dimension of Hinduism which emphasises detachment from the material world and promotes practices such as asceticism. Thus it could be said that in this world, a spiritual being, the atman, has a human experience rather than a human being having a spiritual experience.

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