As per advaita, jivas are nothing but Linga sharira or sookskhma sharira. This has been explained to me by user Pradip Gangopadhyaya before. But I need to know how are jivas created.

Advaita believes that the jiva (which is linga sharira or sookshma sharira) stops existing upon videha mukti. So if there's an end for the jivas, there must be a beginning too for the jivas.

Are jivas (sookshma shariras) created out of pancha mahabhutas or something else? ... If advaita doesn't deal with this topic then I'm sure that Samkhya philosophy must have discussed about the formation of the subtle body. An answer from a Samkhya perspective wouldn't be bad.

Please give a detailed answer, in a step by step manner, like which element existed first and what emerged from it and later which element was finally responsible for the formation of the subtle body.

  • jeeva is beginningless in advaita. Sri Shankara mentions this when criticizing the pancharatra doctrine in his brahmasutra bhashya. – user16581 Feb 10 '19 at 17:24
  • But jiva is nothing but the subtle and causal sheaths that is destroyed on mukti after death. And so jiva too must have a beginning. – The Crimson Universe Feb 11 '19 at 3:55
  • Brahman becomes jiva by maya which is anirvachaniya, ie inexplicable by words.So your Q does not have any answer i think – user17294 Feb 12 '19 at 7:48
  • Jivas are not linga or sukshama sharira according to Advaita – Pandya Jun 1 '19 at 16:24
  • hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/2423/… possible duplicate – Prasanna R Jul 16 '19 at 13:39

Bhagwadgeeta has mention regarding it at 3.14 and 3.15 which says living beings originate from God itself.

अन्नाद्भवन्ति भूतानि पर्जन्यादन्नसम्भव: |

यज्ञाद्भवति पर्जन्यो यज्ञ: कर्मसमुद्भव: || 14||

कर्म ब्रह्मोद्भवं विद्धि ब्रह्माक्षरसमुद्भवम् |

तस्मात्सर्वगतं ब्रह्म नित्यं यज्ञे प्रतिष्ठितम् || 15||

All beings are evolved from food; production of food is dependent on rain; rain ensues from sacrifice, and sacrifice is rooted in prescribed action. Know that prescribed action has its origin in the Vedas, and the Vedas proceed from the Indestructible (God); hence the all-pervading Infinite is always present in sacrifice. (14-15)


Like you see so many people the moment you start dreaming, similarly jivas came into existence. It was super imposition of self on non-self. Jivas have their existence only in the dream and not in reality. The exact answer probably needs the intellect to comprehend that which is the cause of the intellect. This is impossible. Hence it is not possible to completely comprehend how jeevas came into relative existence.

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