- 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.
Origin of atman
Examples from the Web for atman
One of the key ingredients of Tantra is the discovery of atman, or true self.The Tantric Sex in Avatar
Asra Q. Nomani
March 4, 2010
For whom else were offerings to be made, who else was to be worshipped but Him, the only one, the Atman?
Was not Atman in him, did not the pristine source spring from his heart?
No longer, I want to begin my thoughts and my life with Atman and with the suffering of the world.
Atman means "breathing;" paramatman "the highest breathing."The History of Antiquity, Volume IV (of 6)
This one essence or Self (Atman) permeates the whole Universe.Indian Myth and Legend
Donald Alexander Mackenzie
- 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 and History for atman
1785, from Sanskrit atma "essence, breath, soul," from PIE *etmen "breath" (a root found in Sanskrit and Germanic, cf. Old English æðm, Dutch adem, Old High German atum "breath," Old English eþian, Dutch ademen "to breathe").