Does hindus believe every living thing has a soul and why?

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  1. Aum

    Aum New Member

    we Hindus believe what is truth according to logic and scriptures. Soul or Atman is truth.

    atman one's True Self, beyond identification with the phenomenal reality of worldly existence. Just as a man living in a house is called a householder, atman (meaning “Self within”) living in a human body is called an individual. When this “human house” becomes old and irreparable, atman leaves the house and we say that the individual has died.

    Each human being, regardless of religion, geographic region, gender, color or creed is in reality atman clothed in a physical body. Since atman is inherently pure and divine, every human being is potentially divine. A man is not born a sinner, but becomes a victim of ignorance under the influence of cosmic ignorance, called Maya. Just as darkness quickly disappears upon the appearance of light, an individual’s delusion vanishes when he gains self-knowledge.

    The Atma Upanishad describes atman, or purusha, as threefold: bahyatman, the outer or physical person; antaratman, the inner person, excluding the physical form, who perceives, thinks and cognizes; and paramatman, the transcendent Reality.

    In order to be really comprehensive the whole system of knowledge about human being should be based on the premise that man is not his body, but consciousness, i.e. living energy, capable of self-awareness and that possesses mind and memory. Body is merely a transient habitat of man’s consciousness. And throughout his personal evolution every person moves in and out of those habitats, dropping off his old body and entering a new one.

    A Useful Analogy: The Driver in the Vehicle
    The body is compared to a vehicle and the soul to the driver:

    A car cannot run without a driver. Similarly, the body will not work without the presence of the soul.
    Just as a young child may not realise that each and every car needs a driver for it to move, those without developed knowledge perceive the body but fail to see the soul within.
    The driver may identify with his car and even feel kinship with drivers of a similar model. Similarly feelings of friendship or enmity arise from identifying with the body.
    The driver develops a deep attachment to the car, so in an accident he commonly cries out "You hit me!"If the soul identifies with the body in the same way, then – preoccupied with the body's condition – he becomes caught in a web of distress and happiness.
    The driver is not satisfied maintaining the car alone without looking after his own needs. Similarly, looking after the body alone cannot satisfy the soul.
    Although the driver is not the vehicle, he will move according to the nature of the car, namely fast, slow, etc.
    The same driver can get out of one vehicle and drive another. Similarly, the soul leaves one body and enters another.

    "The universe is the outpouring of the majesty of God, the auspicious one, radiant love. Every face you see belongs to Him. He is present in everyone without exception." - Yajur Veda.

    "The Lord (The Divine) is enshrined in the hearts of all." - says the Isha Upanishad 1 -1.

    The Upanishads which are a pure, lofty, heady distillation of spiritual wisdom which come to us from the very dawn of time tell us:
    "Reality (God) is our real Self, so that each of us is one with the power that created and sustains the universe."

    In Sanskrit, Tat tvam asi, “You are That.”

    "In the depths of meditation, sages (rishis)
    Saw within themselves the Lord of Love,
    Who dwells in the heart of every creature." Shvetashvatara Upanishad. 1 - 3.

    In The Bhagawad Gita, sloka 20, Chapter 10, Lord Krishna says,
    "I am the Self seated in the heart of all creatures. I am the beginning, the middle and the very end of all beings". All beings have, therefore to be treated alike."

    Again in the Bhagawad Gita, sloka 29, Chapter 9, Lord Krishna says,
    “I look upon all creatures equally; none are less dear to me and none more dear.
    But those who worship me with love live in me, and I come to life in them.”
    Plz Ref - >
    Lets see what Bible says about soul::

    Matthew 10:28 ::

    And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

    Ecclesiastes 12:7 :

    And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the soul returns to God who gave it.

    Ezekiel 18:4 :

    Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die.

    Matthew 22:37 :

    And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

    Revelation 6:9 :

    When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne.

    2 Corinthians 5:6-8 :

    So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

    Revelation 4:2 :

    At once I was in the soul, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne.

    There are many more examples in different scriptures

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