“Chaitanya” (चैतन्य) and “Soul” (आत्मा) , Same or Different?


Atman is defined as:

सच्चिदानन्द स्वरुप
Sacchidananda Swarupa
Form of Sat, Chid and Aananda

Sat swarupa means pure existence.

Chid swarupa means pure consciousness.

Aananda swarupa means infinite blissfull state.

Chid Swarupa ie. Consciousness ie., Chaitanya Swarupa.

So, Chaitanya and Soul aren't exactly same. Chaitanya is one of the state of Atman, the other states being pure existence and infinite bliss.

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