is the soul
in its natural state. Many believe that individual "personal" souls exist as an illusion
only, and think of Atman
as the all-pervading soul
of the universe
; the universal life-principle and animator of all organisms, and the world-soul.
By contrast, Jiva is the soul in its human state, in which its freedom is limited by the triple bond of anava (ego), karma (action) and maya(illusion).
See also: anatta nirvana samsara reincarnation