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

"Whosoever imitates does not learn; whosoever imitates becomes an automaton, and that is all... A mind that knows only how to imitate is mechanical; it is a machine that functions but is incapable of creating, that does not know how to truly think, because it only repeats, and that is all."