Sunday, January 06, 2008


Shree Hari:

6th Jan, 2008, Sunday
Paush Krishna Trayodashi, Vikram Samvat 2064, Ravivar

There are two kinds of Purusas in the world, the perishable (ksara) and the imperishable (aksara). All bodies of beings are said to be perishable and the unchanging Embodied Soul (Jivaatmaa) is called Imperishable. (Gita 15:16)

"Dvaavimau purusau loke ksarascaaksara eva ca
ksarah sarvaani bhootaani kootastho ksara ucyate." (Gita 15:16)

On deeper inquiry it becomes clear that the world is divided into two aspects, the perishable objects that can be seen, such as the body (insentient) and the imperishable Soul (sentient) which cannot be seen, and which resides in the body. It is due to the existence of the Soul in the body, that the life breath is active and therefore body and it's functions take place. As soon as Soul leaves the body, and along with it the life-breath, the body stops functioning and the body begins to rot. People burn / bury that body, as it's usefulness is only as long as the Soul resides in it. This is because it is not the perishable body that is of significance, rather, it is the Imperishable and Eteranl Soul which is significant.

All objects made of the five gross elements - earth, water, fire, air and ether are insentient and perishable. The physical body has its identity with the physical world; the subtle body consisting of the ten senses, five vital airs, mind and intellect has its identity with the subtle world, while the causal body (nature, impressions, ignorance etc) has it's identity with the causal world. But all of these are called "ksara" because they are all perishable.

In fact, there is no such thing as individuality (independent existence). It is only due to considering a small portion of this vast world as our very own, that we call it as individual / independent identity. We believe the body and the objects as apart from the world, only because of our attachment to them and feeling of mineness, but in reality they are not apart. All objects and actions belong only to Nature (prakriti). Therefore all actions with the physical, subtle, and causal body are to be performed for the welfare of the world at large and not for our own self.

From "The Bhagavad Gita - Sadhak Sanjivani" in English pg 1670, in Hindi pg 976 by Swami Ramsukhdasji

Ram Ram

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