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.Also called jivatma /dʒiˈvɑtmə/ [jee-vaht-muh] Show IPA .
all such monads collectively, regarded as the animating principle of the universe.
1800–10; < Sanskrit: literally, living