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.
noun (Hinduism)
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

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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