[Advaita-l] athma is mere function of the brain [was: concept of soul]
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Fri Oct 12 22:49:13 CDT 2007
On Fri, 12 Oct 2007, Sethu Sethuraman wrote:
> The skeptics' two favourite questions are: if
> athma is in fact a potent power, how come it needs the body to function?
> In other words is there anything at all a soul can actually do by
It is the jiva that needs the body to function. The whole point of
Vedanta is to free the atma from needing the body!
And that atma is not a limited created entity but all-pervading Brahman.
> The second question is "it's only a matter of time before a
> fully functional human is created entirely in the laboratory - be it
> from harvested genetic material no less. Assuming this is a complete
> life-form that can function like any healthy human on earth, where did
> it get its "life" from, if not from the brain?"
Why does it matter? A rock or piece of metal is as much Brahman as you or
I except it lacks consciousness so it cannot know this. If perchance it
could develop consciousness and understand non-duality then it could
achieve moksha just like you or I.
This is incidentally why I like to leave the word atma untranslated.
"Soul" has too many connotations which confuse the issue.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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