You are the eternal soul. Let there be no doubt about it. In your purest state you are the deity in the temple of your body. Even though you do not truly feel it or believe in it, you should think like one live like one and act like one. If a person lives like a pious man for a long time in word and deed even if he is not, he will eventually end up becoming one. Therefore instead of considering yourself a mortal being, live and act like an eternal soul, identifying yourself with the purest consciousness in you. Make that consciousness purer brighter and stable with discipline and yoga. Through transformative practices make yourself wiser gentler peaceful and virtuous just as a sculptor chisels a rock and creates a beautiful form out of it. Our scriptures say that if you want to know who you truly are you should stop looking through the masks that you wear and stop taking pride in your name and form the costumes which you receive from nature as gifts. You should stop becoming involved with the world and instead look within yourself to rediscover your true nature. If you continue the effort eventually you will peel off all the layers of impurities which surround your consciousness, silence your craving for things, and wake up into the highest reality of yourself. In that state you will realize that the self is not anything which is different from you, and self realization is a state of self awakening in which you will not find anything other than you but your very core consciousness which is all knowing all pervading eternal and indivisible. It is as if you wake up from a long sleep and suddenly remember who you are. Your soul or self is not a different entity. It is you in your purest and pristine state. One way to enter that state is by withdrawing your sense into your mind and your mind into the self, and engaging your mind in the contemplation of the self. To practice this, you have to spare time for regular meditation. There is another more effective way. It is living with the conviction that you are neither your mind nor your body but pure consciousness which is deep inside you behind all the noise and commotion. If you hold this thought firmly in daily life, eventually you will become a living embodiment of pure consciousness. It is more effective that any spiritual practice, vedic sacrifice, ritual yoga or devotional service.