What is “Spirit”

“Spirit is an entity with no beginning. It is the true self. Its core-essence is sentience, consciousness, which it uses to illuminate itself to itself. It is the true essence of all that exists. It has no intrinsic relationship with matter, and cannot be adequately contained within the limited qualities of insentient matter.”

अनादिरात्मा परुषो निर्गुणः प्रकृतेः परः ।
प्रत्यग्धामा स्वयंज्योतिर् विश्वं येन समन्वितम् ।।

anādir ātmā puruṣo nirguṇaḥ prakṛteḥ paraḥ
pratyag-dhāmā svayaṁ-jyotir viśvaṁ yena samanvitam

— Śrī Kapila, from Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.26.3

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