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What do Hindu’s believe about the self?

"Who is that Self?


The Self, pure awareness, shines as the light

within the heart, surrounded by the senses.

Only seeming to think, seeming to move, the

Self neither sleeps nor wakes nor dreams.


When the Self takes on a body, he seems to

Assume the body’s frailties and limitations;

But when he sheds the body at the time of

Death, the Self leaves all these behind.


-Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

From The Upanishads, translated by Eknath Easwaran, copyright 1987.

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