Like the Brahman, the Atma also has several similar qualities like opminpresence, omnipotence, divinity etc. Then what is the difference between Brahman and individual Atma?

  • Good quest. This answer may be of help, atleast partially, for the various different answers that you would get based on the various sects. hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/4056/119. :)
    – Sai
    Oct 22, 2015 at 18:37
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    duplicate of hinduism.stackexchange.com/q/6689/3500
    – The Destroyer
    Oct 23, 2015 at 15:09
  • One of the four mahavakyas of the four vedas, this one from the Atharva-veda, is 'ayam atma brahma' - this soul, this individual Self, this atman, is Brahman. You can find it in the Mandukya Upanishad 1.2 and also Brhadaranyaka Upanishad II.5. It indicates the unity of the individual atman with the Supreme. Oct 27, 2015 at 5:43
  • @AnilKumar you meant is Brahman and Paramatma are same?
    – Pandya
    Nov 26, 2015 at 6:27
  • @Pandya i didn't mean it. Same question was asked before. So i closed it as duplicate.
    – The Destroyer
    Nov 26, 2015 at 16:54

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Brahmam (Paramatma) and the individual soul (Jivatma) differ as follows:oug 1.Brahmam is Vibhu (All pervading) and Jiva is Anu (Atomic). 2.Brahmam is Unique and there is no second like Him- neither above nor Equal to Him. Jiva are countless but are identical in Svaroopa (Defining characteristics) 3.Brahmam is naturally self sustaining and infinite in every aspect of Gyana (Knowledge), Bala (Strength), Aishwarya (Wealth), Veerya (Potency), Shakthi (Power) and Tejas (Opulence) with which He is the cause for Creation, sustenance and annihilation of the Universe. Jiva is enabled by Brahmam to have all the same attributes but is not empowered in the activities of creation,sustainance and annihilation. 4. Brahmam can liberate the bonded Jiva from the Karmic cycle which Jiva is incapable of.

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    You should cite sources for your answers.
    – The Destroyer
    Oct 24, 2015 at 16:19
  • It will be useful if contrasted with the commonality in Atman and Brahman.
    – tejasvi88
    Apr 10, 2021 at 13:19

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