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I am trying to understand the difference between Jeevatma and paramatma. I have gone through several articles but still not clear.I have read the explanation here - What is difference between Aatma, Jeevatma and Paramatma?. I have listened to the teachings of Ramanamaharshi too. This is what I have understood and here is my question:

Paramata and jivatma both exist inside the physical body. Paramatma is lord Krishna himself. Jivatma is the individual self which undergoes the effects of karma but not the paramatma.

My question is:

Is the Jeevatma eternal just like Paramatma? When did it come to existence? Is Jeevatma a small particle light broken from paramatma?

Is a self realized person able to see Jeevatma and Paramatma during meditation?

Knowing the self means knowing the Jeevatma or knowing the Paramatma ?

Does the Jeevatma merge inside Paramatma at some point?

Please help me understand these and point me to a right source

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  • You should post separate questions for : "Is a self realized person able to see jeevatma and paramatma during meditation ?" and "Knowing the self means knowing the jeevatma or knowing the paramatma ?"
    – Pandya
    Dec 27 '15 at 4:33
  • The specific questions I have asked doesnot seem to have the answer in the link hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/6689/… .
    – Chandan
    Dec 27 '15 at 22:10
  • I think I see why you are confused by the answers in the questions that your question is marked as a duplicate of. Please edit your question to add 'according to advaita' and I will reopen and offer an answer. Dec 29 '15 at 5:12
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    Jivatma is an illusory identification of the Self. The True Self is Brahman or Paramatma. Shankara in one shloka says 'Jivo Brahmaiva na apara' (Jiva is Brahman). That is Advaita. In other words, jivahood is illusory. It is unreal. The Ego-consciousness gives us an impression that we are separate entities, however we are not. All are One. That is Brahman. Here is an example to illustrate.
    – Sai
    Dec 29 '15 at 11:33

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