atman

[ aht-muh n ]
/ ˈɑt mən /

noun Hinduism.

the principle of life.
the individual self, known after enlightenment to be identical with Brahman.
(initial capital letter) the World Soul, from which all individual souls derive, and to which they return as the supreme goal of existence.
Also at·ma [aht-muh] /ˈɑt mə/.

Origin of atman

First recorded in 1775–85, atman is from the Sanskrit word ātman breath, self
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Examples from the Web for atma

  • Are they going to start something now that will get Atma in jail?

    Plays|Susan Glaspell
  • In a frenzy I broke my way through the attendants, and rushed through hall and corridor to my Atma's chamber.

  • In Sanscrit that eternal part is called by many names, but the best seems that used in this passage, Atma.

    Thoughts on Life and Religion|Friedrich Max Mller

British Dictionary definitions for atma

atman

/ (ˈaːtmən) /

noun Hinduism

the personal soul or self; the thinking principle as manifested in consciousness
Brahman considered as the Universal Soul, the great Self or Person that dwells in the entire created order

Word Origin for atman

from Sanskrit ātman breath; compare Old High German ātum breath
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