Many people hold on to the concept that there is no such thing as the soul because their teacher said so or some teaching said so or some scripters say so.
WHO AM 'I'? Inquiry will not yield the full truth because it yields only fallacy of the form, not time and space.
There is no need to walk in the mountains in search of the truth.
All these experiences as father, son, guru, and pupil were one and the same consciousness appearing differently. All these distinctions disappear in the ultimate truth.
Katha Upanishad 1:2:23 The Soul cannot be realized through hearing scholarly explanation of the discourses, not even by the intellect.
Sage Sri, Sankara clearly indicates in VC- (2) that the Knower of the Atman (A Gnani) "bears no outward mark of a holy man"