[Advaita-l] "adhikarins" and the continuation of the body after jnana

Vidyasankar Sundaresan svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Sat Apr 17 15:04:45 CDT 2010

 > My question for those currently debating (and of course anyone else who 
> would like to venture an opinion) is what is your take on this sUtra? 
> Does it  make you want to change your opinions in any way? 

This is a very apt cross-reference within the sUtrabhAshya in the context
of the discussion on jnAna, jnAnIs and prArabdha karmA.
> sAshtAnga praNAms Sri Vyas prabhuji 
> Hare Krishna 
> IMO, if we go by vAchyArtha of this sUtra commentary, we have to conclude 
> that jeeva & Ishwara bedha is eternal & some set of jeeva-s, even after 
> samyak jnAna (realizing that they are brahman) do have the adhikAra to do 
> dharma prachAra through punarAvrutti janma as per the instruction of 
> Ishwara. 

Bhaskar, please clarify the above. IYO, is Sankara bhagavatpAda accepting
jIva-jIva and jIveSvara bheda in special cases only, thereby contradicting
himself deliberately/unintentionally? What do you mean by vAchyArtha of
the commentary? Do you mean that we have to apply a lakshaNArtha to the
bhAshya in order to understand it so as to remove this contradiction? If so,
what is this lakshaNArtha? What does Sri SSS say about this sUtra and its
I will save my own thoughts on this adhikaraNa for later, but it seems to me
that you are under a fundamental misunderstanding here.
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