- 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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- 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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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").
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