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Definition of "atman" [at•man]

  • Hinduism The individual soul or essence. (noun)
  • Hinduism The essence that is eternal, unchanging, and indistinguishable from the essence of the universe. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "atman" in a sentence
  • "In the original, the word atman is used in various senses."
  • "The non-Buddhist Indian schools talk about atman, which is roughly translated as "self" or "soul"; and in other non-Indian religious traditions we hear discussion about the "soul" of the being and so on."
  • "Persons lack a “soul,” an atman, that is unaffected by anything, partless, and separable from a body and a mind, and which can be cognized on its own."