[Proper use of the term Jivatma]
Theosophist, August, 1883
Article selection from “The Seven Human Bodies” | Note by H.P.B.
In the course of reading the Fragments of Occult Truth, I met with certain difficulties which some of the advanced Fellows found rather hard for them. I am therefore under the necessity to trouble you with some of them . . .
It is said that man is composed of seven principles or entities. . . . The outer garment would represent his physical body, the one next to it, the Jivatma,1 and so on . . .
1. Jiva or Prana (Life principle). The word “Jivatma,” used only by the Buddhists, who make no difference between manifested and unmanifested Life outside of Esotericism, was through oversight erroneously used in Fragment No. I, and since then rectified. Jivatma is the 7th principle with the Vedantees and the Theosophists have agreed to use it but in the latter sense.