Jiva is a Sanskrit
equivalent of the word soul.
In incarnate state, jiva is
attached to a material body. It lives in the body
and perceives the world with the help of the body’s
organs of sense; it thinks with the help of the
body’s brain. This is why it is so difficult for
incarnated people to disidentify themselves — even
mentally — with the body and the mind (manas
When the material body dies, jiva
continues to live in non-material spatial
dimensions: some live in the eons of hell, some
others live in paradisiacal abodes. This depends on
in what state of the consciousness one got used to
live during the incarnated life.
Article Jiva and Buddhi