[Advaita-l] Re: Lord Krishna lived for 125 years

Aravind Mohanram psuaravind at yahoo.com
Sat Sep 11 18:38:09 CDT 2004

Dear Kalyanji,
Thanks for the comment. From my limited reading of the puranas, I found that the words used only indicate that he "left" this world. I haven't come across a verse which says He underwent "mrtyu", which is a common word used in the sastra to describe death of a conditioned jiva. I'm not trying to find fault with Swamiji as I clarified earlier. The words used may even be the choice of the news reporter. Already, there is a lot of confusion in the minds of common people about the nature of the Lord - I just thought it would be better to avoid such language as it provides a wrong connotation, contrary to the teachings of our acharyas. 

Raghavendra N Kalyan <kalyan7429 at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
Dear Aravind,

I agree with you that Krishna cannot be thought of as having "died" like a bonded jIva. Krishna himself says that it is not a correct idea to think of him as the material body. However, if the mahAbhArata or any purANa refers to Krishna's passing away as "death" (now this is something which I dont know and have not verified), there is nothing wrong in using the word as long as one understands it as "the end of an incarnation" rather than death in the normal sense. I think the Swamiji also might have sanctioned the word in a similar sense.

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Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2004 10:37:39 -0700 (PDT)
From: Aravind Mohanram 

Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Lord Krishna lived for 125 years
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My objection was directed towards the language used in describing the appearance and disappearance of the Lord. "Death" as is generally understood is a change of material body - the Lord does not have a material form as is clear from many scriptures. My objection is not directed towards the Swamiji who carried out the study or his methodology which I'm confident is authentic and I'm also in general agreement with his date. 

There is no need to bring in ISKCON here - what I presented was a common-sense argument supported by scripture - and as u urself said in ur email the study wasn't advaitic in content anyways - seems like u r contradicting urself.


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Aravind Mohanram
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Dept. of Mat Sci and Engg.,
Penn State University,
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