Pronunciation: ( jē'vu),[key] —n. 1. Hinduism. the individual soul, regarded as a particular manifestation of Atman.
2. Jainism. a. the individual soul or life monad, compared to a transparent crystal stained by karmic matter with colors, or lesyas, of varying hues.
b. all such monads collectively, regarded as the animating principle of the universe. Also called ji•vat•maPronunciation: ( jē-vät'mu).[key]