What Is Real Self?
The simple answer: in the stillness of mind, the real self is that which is aware of the question, “What is the real self?” This real self is not just aware; the awareness rests in its own awareness which is pure consciousness.
What is false self? The false self does not exist and never has existed: it only appears to exist when the real self doubts, gets involved and confuses itself.
Is it that simple?
The Buddha’s teaching is about negating everything that is created because nothing has any inherent reality and therefore does not last: that which remains cannot be denied. And that which remains is the real self – pure consciousness.
How does real self manifest? It manifests through love, to benefit others.
When the real self forgets its reality, it manifests through ignorance, compounding confusion.
This confusion is an accumulation of fixated ideas, called karma.
To the confused, this is something to be defended.
To the wise, it is merely a passing show.