It is my understanding that the Jiva-Atman is the same as the Atman, it is just this all pervasive consciousness reflected in a body and seemingly trapped in Samsara (correct me if I'm wrong). But I have also heard that it is the Sukshma Sharira that trans-migrates from body to body. Anyone have a simple explanation (from an Advaita Vedantic perspective) as to:

  1. What is the relationship between the Jiva-Atman and Sukshma Sharira and what is it that travels from body to body the Jiva-Atman or the Subtle Body.

  2. Is the Sukshma Sharira/Subtle body subject to the senses, gunas, desires etc but the Jiva-Atman not? If the Jiva is not subject to the desires, why does it travel to the next body?

Thank you

  • Partially related answer:hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/31709/4732. The subtle body is comprised of the sense organs, mind etc.
    – Rickross
    Commented Dec 24, 2020 at 6:13
  • I think that the answer by me (linked above) convincingly answers your question from Advaita Vedanta's perspective. Do you need any more clarifications on the relation between Jiva and Sukshma Sarira? Which is not found in that answer?
    – Rickross
    Commented Dec 24, 2020 at 9:29
  • The Jiva and the subtle body are the same in Advaita Vedanta. And, this subtle body consists of 17 components among which mind, buddhi, the sense organs are there.
    – Rickross
    Commented Dec 24, 2020 at 9:36
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    Does this answer your question? Where does a Soul attach to the Body? Commented Dec 24, 2020 at 9:40
  • @Rickross If Jiva and Subtle body are the same, does this mean the subtle body/mind is consciousness?
    – Kar
    Commented Dec 24, 2020 at 11:12


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