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What is difference between Aatma, Jeevatma and Paramatma?

Aatma Atma simply means one's true Self. This is the root or fundamental entity of anything or any being that is eternal, unchangeable, unmodifiable and so on. Atma can mean different things ...
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When does a soul lose its memory of its previous birth?

According to the Garbha Upanishad, the soul can remember its past life when it is 9 months old in the womb: Whatever is consumed or drunk by the mother passes through the nerves and vessels to ...
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What happens after death?

Because no one has actually seen what happens after death, there are multiple beliefs regarding this. But the yogis through their eyes of knowledge know the movement of the beings before and after ...
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In which month of pregnancy a soul enters in to a new body(foetus)?

Ayurvedic texts are not Veda. The Chhandogya Upanishad (V. x. 5-6.) answers this question directly. It says Having dwelt there [in the lunar world] till their [good] works are consumed, they ...
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Moksha for the Soul of Brahma

Yes, the current Brahma attains Moksha at the end of his life. As I discuss in this answer, the Srimad Bhagavatam describes what happens to the inhabitants of Brahmaloka, including Brahma himself, at ...
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Conflict between Bhagwad Gita & Garuda Puran regarding the Atma/Soul

There is no conflict. Gita is talking about the Atman. Garuda Purana is talking about the linga sarira (also known as sukshma sarira) or the subtle body. The human body and personality are contained ...
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Where does a Soul attach to the Body?

This is an interesting question. It would be best to first clarify a few points you make before answering your questions. You wrote: A Human is identified in terms of 3 Bodies, 3 States and 5 ...
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What is the relation/difference between Brahman(ब्रह्म) & Parabrahm(परब्रह्म)?

Brahman can be thought of in its as Saguna Brahman and as Nirguna Brahman. Parabrahman refers to Nirguna Brahman. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa says (Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, Chapter 10, The Master and ...
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Does a soul have any gender?

No, the self doesn't have gender, it's just a body which has gender. According to Shwetashwatara Upanishad: नैव स्त्री न पुमानेष न चैवायं नपुंसकः । यद्यच्छरीरमादत्ते तेने तेने स युज्यते ॥ १०॥ V-10: ...
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Can a single jiva which is whole and indivisible be cut and become many?

The same question was asked by Nityanand Swami and answered by Bhagwan Swaminarayan. These spiritual discourses are recorded and complied into the Vachanamrut. In one of the discourses in the section ...
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Is it possible to separate Soul from the body through Yoga

The answer to your question is: yes, it is possible to to separate the soul or jivatma from the body. Even one can enter another body through this process: When the bonds of the mind caused by ...
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Which scripture says that a sannyāsi can liberate 21 generations of ancestors without performing the śrāddha?

The book Dharma Bindu(Essence of all Dharma Shastras) quotes Daksha Prajapati,in the context of discussing "Sannyasa Dharma": Dakshan Prajapati affirms: Trimshatparaamstrim shadaparaan ...
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According to Hinduism, who am I?

Atman. You've already said you've spent good time in understanding what is Atman or the self and the answer of "Who am I?" is already hidden in that thing. Now, since you've started to learn ...
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Will the atma get moksha if a person dies unnaturally?

No, the atma will not get moksha by such deaths. The default rule is, a person dying such unnatural death as suicide, weapons, etc. will become a ghost: udbandhanamṛtā ye ca viṣaśastrahatāśca ye ...
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What happens after death?

Every living thing is having "Athma" or "soul". In Hinduism, body is illusion and the "Athma" is true and the reality. After death, Athma will take rebirth until it is merged with the supreme one ...
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Are new souls created?

Souls are never actually created; here is what Krishna tells Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita: Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of ...
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Does re-birth take place immediately after death according to Hinduism?

No, not immediately. As per the scriptures, depending upon his good/virtuous and bad/sinful actions, the jivatama will be taken to Yama and after judgement he will first experience the results of his ...
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Do plants have atman?

Going to the question: Do plants have souls? Yes, many scriptures discuss the birth of Jiva as a tree. Example: Chhandogya Upanishad 5-10-6: अभ्रं भूत्वा मेघो भवति मेघो भूत्वा प्रवर्षति त इह ...
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How can we know that an Aatma got Moksha?

No there isn't any way to identify that one got mokshya or not as no one has any idea about how the atma is(as its so small as mentioned below and no ordinary human being can see it without the help ...
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Is human the ultimate species according to Hinduism?

Is it considered ultimate to be reborn as a human? In Hinduism, it is considered ultimate to be not born at all. Jivas being part of God exist in different kinds of bodies starting from insects and ...
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What is the life cycle of a soul (atma) in Hinduism?

The life cycle of a soul is very simple. In course of time it emerges from God, takes up material bodies and revolves in samsara and back into God goes it again. yathā sudīptāt pāvakādvisphuliṅgāḥ ...
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If soul gets rebirth into another body, will pinda pradanam and shraddha rituals reach that soul?

The same question was asked to Sri Swami Sivananda. He answers this question in his book "May I Answer That?" 267. When the Jiva undergoes transmigration and takes another birth after ...
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On what basis is a soul born as male or female?

We can get an answer from the embryological point of view as found in an Upanishad called the Garbha Upanishad (which is linked to the Krishna Yajur Veda). In the fourth month, belly and hip are ...
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What is the life cycle of a soul (atma) in Hinduism?

First of all, there is no starting point for the soul; here's what Krishna tells Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita: Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the ...
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How can we identify a self realized person?

Some of the quintessential qualities of an enlightened person are: He always observes silence. In other words, he is in a trance state most of the time. He is child like and most of his actions ...
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When and how the atmas were created?

Atmas (souls) were never created. Atma is eternal, ever existing and unborn: na jāyate mriyate vā kadācin nāyaṁ bhūtvā bhavitā vā na bhūyaḥ ajo nityaḥ śāśvato ’yaṁ purāṇo na hanyate hanyamāne ...
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Are new souls created?

Yes, as outlined by the other answers the souls is not created, but it is eternal. This is agreed upon by all the schools of Vedanta and has been commented on by Sankara, Bhaskara, Ramanuja, Madhva, ...
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What exactly is a loka? Is it a place that be physically reached?

There is a lot of confusion when it comes to Lokas. People identify with their material bodies and therefore assume that the material sensual universe is the be all of everything. Lokas do not exist ...
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Why man is mortal irrespective of good or bad activity?

Why is man mortal? We are not mortal. In fact no living being in true sense is mortal. it is only owing to our ignorance that we think that we are being born, growing, dying etc. in Bhagavad Geeta ...
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