- Hinduism. the individual soul, regarded as a particular manifestation of Atman.
- the individual soul or life monad, compared to a transparent crystal stained by karmic matter with colors, or lesyas, of varying hues.
- all such monads collectively, regarded as the animating principle of the universe.
Origin of jiva
1800–10; < Sanskrit: literally, living
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