is a Sanskrit word, made up of two words; Jiv
which is taken to mean embodied or individual and Atma
which means soul. The word conveys somewhat the same as the Christian term Holy Ghost
because the soul is Divine, and Ghost
because in the state of its sleep the soul imagines itself embodied and wanders the creation of its dreams believing itself to be stone, or insect, bird, animal, or human, etc.
Upasni Maharaj, a Perfect Master associated with Meher Baba, offered this beautiful definition of the state of Jivatma:
“…that pure celestial soul identified with the projections of the mind.”