”A human being is indeed a Parmatma (Absolute Soul). It is possible for infinite Godly energies to arise within. The moment he has a desire; he becomes a human! Otherwise, he can acquire whatever he wants, but he is unable to do so because of impediments.”
Even though the electric current is invisible, can we doubt its existence? Similarly, we cannot doubt the existence of the self (Aatman) or soul though it is not visible. The bulb glows only when it is attached to an electric wire. Incarnations took birth only to manifest the power of self (Aatman), but don’t limit the self (Aatman) to their bodies. If we attach a current wire to 100 watts bulb it will emit light accordingly, if we attach to 1000 watts bulb it will emit light accordingly, does the current wire have any limits? Similarly, the strength of self (Aatman) is infinite and it doesn’t have any boundaries.
Atma means the self or the soul. This is what we really are—the spiritual spark inside our body—as distinct from what we mistakenly think we are—our body and mind. Generally, we think of ourselves in terms of the various labels we’ve had pinned on us—American, English, Christian, Hindu, white, black, liberal, conservative, father, mother, Jones, Smith, man, woman, or whatever. But these are only temporary tags. Time unpins them and replaces them with new ones. After all, the label is different from the merchandise.
Therefore, although atma sometimes refers to one’s temporary body, mind, or intelligence, the Atma is ultimately the eternal consciousness (the spirit, or soul) that is present within the body of every living being. This atma—higher than the senses, the mind, and even the intelligence—is most mysterious and subtle.