What is another word for Atman?

Pronunciation: [ˈatmən] (IPA)

Atman is a Sanskrit term that refers to the innermost self or soul of an individual. Synonyms for this term include jivatma, which is the individual soul that experiences the cycle of life and death, and paramatma, which is the universal soul that pervades all things. Other synonyms include brahman, which is the ultimate reality or source of all existence, and purusha, which refers to the pure consciousness that is not affected by the material world. Each of these synonyms represents a slightly different aspect of the concept of Atman, but all ultimately point to the same underlying truth of the eternal and unchanging nature of the self.

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What are the hypernyms for Atman?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

Usage examples for Atman

The same is the history of the Sanskrit Atman and prana, of Greek psyche and pneuma, of Latin anima, animus, spiritus.
"Nature Mysticism"
J. Edward Mercer
He already knew to feel Atman in the depths of his being, indestructible, one with the universe.
Herman Hesse
Was it not the Atman, He, the only one, the singular one?
Herman Hesse

Famous quotes with Atman

  • We celebrate the Birthday of the Body. But, in reality, "We" are not the Body. We are the Soul, the Atman. Therefore, Celebrate every day, as We are Immortal.
  • The spark within is akin to the Divine Ground. By identifying ourselves with the first we can come to unitive knowledge of the second. These empirical facts of the spiritual life have been variously rationalized in terms of the theologies of the various religions. The Hindus categorically affirm that — that the indwelling Atman is the same as Brahman. For orthodox Christianity there is not an identity between the spark and God. Union of the human spirit with God takes place — union so complete that the word deification is applied to it; but it is not the union of identical substances. According to Christian theology, the saint is “deified,” not because Atman Brahman, but because God has assimilated the purified human spirit in to the divine substance by an act of grace. Islamic theology seems to make a similar distinction. The Sufi, Mansur, was executed for giving to the words “union” and “deification” the literal meaning which they bear in the Hindu tradition. For our present purposes, however, the significant fact is that these words are actually used by Christians and Mohammedans to describe the empirical facts of metaphysical realization by means of direct, super-rational intuition.
    Aldous Huxley
  • There is, so I believe, in the essence of everything, something that we cannot call learning. There is, my friend, only a knowledge — that is everywhere, that is Atman, that is in me and you and in every creature, and I am beginning to believe that this knowledge has no worse enemy than the man of knowledge, than learning.
    Hermann Hesse

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