Vedic science - The soul is (1) misled by matter, and (2) subsequently entangled and entrapped. This tendency is termed maya (illusion).
Under maya's influence, the atman, (the soul) mistakenly identifies with the body. Body perceives this universe through the sensory organs it has been provided.... Thus the illusioned soul identifies with the temporary body and everything connected to it, such as race, gender, family, nation, religion.... Under this sense of false-ego (false-identity) the soul aspires to control and enjoy matter. However, in so doing he continuously serves lust, greed, and anger.... making mistake upon mistake, only falls deeper into illusion [karma effect]