Jiva - an essential subject
Jiva generally means 'a life', but a deeper meaning derived from the Vedas is 'the individual soul'. All of us in this world are parts and parcels of something bigger and more expansive than what we can merely perceive with our limited senses. That bigger 'something' (or rather 'someone) is God; our creator. Whereas material science has relentlessly come up with various failing theories about our origins, spiritual science found in the Vedas state very clearly that our origin is Lord Krishna who is the supreme atma (paramatma), while we are known as jivatmas (the living entities conditioned by the material nature). In order to break through this strong conditioning and reach the platform of self-realization, we have to sincerely undertake scriptural studies under the guidance of a bona fide spiritual master.
Srila Prabhupada's books, lectures, conversations and letters offer a comprehensive presentation of this essential subject as seen in the Vaniquotes Jiva category. An introduction from his books is given below in the following 8 quotes.
Quotes from Srila Prabhupada's books
Vanipedia has now over 903 introductory articles compiled from Srila Prabhupada's books under the series titled Essential Subjects. All these articles can be seen in the Table of Content on the right side of this article and also here in this Umbrella Category. Browse through them to relish the breadth and depth of Srila Prabhupada's teachings - There is a subject for everyone.