Hindus identify with an all-present soul. How does Hinduism define the soul?
The Soul is the innermost essence, the true existence and identity of a being. Hindus call this subtle, conscious, invisible life-force Atman. Living beings possess consciousness due to the presence of the soul in their bodies. The Soul is not to be confused with body of mind. In fact, the soul manifests itself as the energy or the life-giving force of the body. The human soul is called Jivatma or “Self”. Life starts when a soul enters the body. The human body perishes but the soul is immortal.
This Q/A was taken from the book Hinduism: Myth and Reality written by Ajit Adhopia and published by Inderlekh Publication.