Many Advaita Vedāntins hold that once Ignorance is overcome, the individual jīvātman merges with the cosmic paramātman. In other words, the jīvātman stops to exists as soon as its karma has been exhausted. Sri Aurobindo does not agree. He holds that in our deepest essence we are not only the unchanging universal Divine, which is the same in everyone, but that we also have a true, spiritual individuality, which will continue to exist even after we have overcome our ignorance. In other words, he sees the jīvātman as a center of spiritual individuality, a unique portion of the Divine that is as permanent, immutable and real as the paramātman. What is more, he holds that the jīvātman sends a spark of the Divine, the psychic entity, as its representative down into incarnate life. The role of this inner representative is to bring, gradually, over many lifetimes, more and more of the individual's inner and outer nature under its influence. So while the jīvātman is one's immutable Self above, the antarātman is the Self within: one's “evolving soul” or “psychic being”.