glossary

Sanskrit जीव, literally "life, living being, the principle of life, vital breath, soul, existing, existence."

In Hinduism, jiva is often a reference only to the individual, embodied soul

"The individual with all his Vasanas (desires or previous impressions) within himself is called a Jiva." —Yoga-Vasishtha

"Sex and ego are the products of Avidya or nescience. The dawn of spiritual knowledge of the Self will annihilate these two enemies of Atman, the two dacoits who are plundering the helpless, ignorance, little false Jiva, the illusory ‘I’." —Swami Sivananda

"Man or the little Jiva is imperfect. He is full of defects. He is simply waiting for claiming superiority over others." —Swami Sivananda

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The one who does not know how to fulfill his duties as a simple citizen cannot tread the path of the great mysteries. Many disciples forget the good manners of a sincere and honorable gentleman or lady and become truly irresponsible and even dangerous individuals."

Samael Aun Weor, The Major Mysteries