jiva

jiva

[jee-vuh]
noun
1.
Hinduism. the individual soul, regarded as a particular manifestation of Atman.
2.
Jainism.
a.
the individual soul or life monad, compared to a transparent crystal stained by karmic matter with colors, or lesyas, of varying hues.
b.
all such monads collectively, regarded as the animating principle of the universe.
Also called jivatma [jee-vaht-muh] .

Origin:
1800–10; < Sanskrit: literally, living

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