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atman

[ät′män]
(in psychiatry) a concept derived from Eastern Indian philosophy that the highest value is knowledge of one's true self. The atman represents the most inward reality, the innermost spirit, and the highest controlling power of a person.

atman

Paranormal
The understanding of self—in the Hindu construct—as a means of attaining liberation and divine perfection.

atman (ätˑ·mn),

n according to Vedic tradition, the “self” or the “individual soul.” Unification of atman with Brahman leads to enlightenment of an individual. Also called
atma. See also Brahman.
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When we let go of our identification with the ego, we become liberated from the little self and exist in the Atman.
The Atman is encased, as it were, in three bodies: the gross (physical), subtle (mental), and causal (ego).
For the causal body -- the innermost sheath of ego-consciousness veiling the Atman -- yoga is the food that nourishes.
Yoga practices transform and renew the mind, spiritualizing one's consciousness so that the Atman may be revealed.
These habits are the building blocks of character, which constitutes the subtle body and -- along with the causal body, or "I"-consciousness -- cloaks the Atman.
But those who have freed themselves from their little selves will remain in the Atman that is the Pure Being of Brahman.
This study illuminates the famous Upanisadic identification of the atman (self) and brahman (cosmos?
when it says that the atman reveals itself to the one it chooses (yam evaisa vrnute tena labhyah).
At the same time, the Upanishads identified Brahman with the Atman or the true self.
However, while in both Hindu and Buddhist texts the goddess's severed head symbolizes the destruction of error, the former interpret this error as a reliance on the individual self enmeshed in duality, as opposed to the unified realization of the atman, whereas the latter see all ideas of self - whether the individual or the atman - as deserving of destruction.