atman
(Sanskrit = inner self or soul)

The part of you that is eternal or that shares the same essence as that which is eternal.

Notes
1. In Hinduism it denotes the World Soul or eternal spirit, from which all individual souls derive, and to which they all return.

2. "The word atman means literally 'self.' As a personal pronoun it can mean 'oneself, himself, herself, itself.' In philosophical contexts, it typically stands for the transcendental self, or eternal spirit."
(Yoga Morality, Feuerstein)

3. In Jainism it denotes "your true self that exists appart from the phenomenal world."
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