Pronunciation: ( jē'vu), [key]
1. Hinduism. the individual soul, regarded as a particular manifestation of Atman.
a. the individual soul or life monad, compared to a transparent crystal stained by karmic matter with colors, or lesyas, of varying hues.
b. all such monads collectively, regarded as the animating principle of the universe. Also called ji•vat•maPronunciation: ( jē-vät'mu). [key]
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