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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. – Lazy Lubber Feb 10 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 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 – commonman Feb 12 at 7:48
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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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