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Meaning of jiva

ji•va

Pronunciation: ( jē'vu), [key]
— n.
  1. the individual soul, regarded as a particular manifestation of Atman.
  2. 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&syl;vat&syl;ma( jē&sylp;vät&primnb;m&schwa;).
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