[Advaita-l] GITA - 2.22
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Fri Jan 27 22:35:55 CST 2006
dear shrI rAm garib,
--- Ram Garib <garib_ram_at_yahoo_dot_co_dot_in>
> Here gItAchArya uses the word "dehI" instead of
> "AtmA". Is this use intentional or un-intentional?
> Reason for my doubt is this - If self is said to be
> changeless without any vikaara, how can it
> re-incarnate? "dehI" here would fit more aptly with
> sukshma sharira or karana sharira rather than the
> usual meaning of "self".
seeing the preceeding and succeeding shloka-s, we can
safely conclude that kR^iShNa is talking about the
Atma svarUpa here. the self is spoken of as a dehI in
the same sense that it was called a sharIri earlier in
the gItA (antavanta ime dehA nityasyoktAH sharIriNaH.
2.18). here, deha includes all the three (kAraNa,
sUkShma and sthUla) sharIra-s. the intention, as
stated earlier, is to show the immutable self. bodies
appear and disappear.
dehI can also be interpreted to mean a jIvAtmA
(brahman with avidyA as the upAdhi). in that case,
this shloka would refer to reincarnation for the
jIvAtmA. reincarnation is only for the jIvAtmA, not
for the AtmA.
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