The Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan

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What is the soul? If there is any explanation that can be given of the soul, it is the feeling of "I am." The feeling of one's existence, this is the soul; that part of one's being which feels that one exists. And what is the ego? Ego is what is gathered around the soul, and that is the knowledge of oneself. When a person says or feels, "I exist", that is the feeling of the soul. But he goes further and says, "I exist as what? I exist as a physical body, as hands, as feet, as head, as a tall person, as a short person, as a thin person, as a stout person." It is that feeling of being a tangible and visible being, it is that knowledge surrounding the soul, which makes the ego, the Nafs.