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jiva

[ jee-vuh ]
/ ˈdʒi və /
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noun
Hinduism. the individual soul, regarded as a particular manifestation of Atman.
Jainism.
  1. the individual soul or life monad, compared to a transparent crystal stained by karmic matter with colors, or lesyas, of varying hues.
  2. all such monads collectively, regarded as the animating principle of the universe.
Also called ji·vat·ma [jee-vaht-muh]. /dʒiˈvɑt mə/.
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Origin of jiva

1800–10; <Sanskrit: literally, living

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