Is there a single jiva (life) associated with a single body or is it that many jivas are associated with a single body?
Hinduism tells us that there is only one jiva to each body. If that really is the case, then observation tells us when a branch of a Rose, or a Banyan, or a Pipal tree is cut and planted elsewhere, another plant/tree of the same kind grows up there.
We see a similar observation with Earthworms. When it is cut across, the head part re-grows to form a full body. So is that another jiva or is it the same jiva appearing in a regenerative body?
In the case of Earthworms, the tail part does not re-generate its head part and so it dies.
There is another kind of worm called the Planarian Flatworm which when cut across re-generates into two different worms, each part has the capacity to re-generate the missing parts of the body.
Are these two different worms having the same jiva or different jiva?
What is really happening here? Did a single jiva get dissected into two, or did another jiva enter the new tree or plant or worm? Or is the body really associated with multiple souls.
If Hindus tell us that there is only a single jiva associated with each birth and therefore body, then how did the jiva, which is whole and indivisible, be cut and become many?