[Advaita-l] What is 'aprAkRta' ?

Rajaram Venkataramani rajaramvenk at gmail.com
Tue Aug 2 05:19:25 CDT 2011

On Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 10:34 AM, V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>wrote:

> One logical flaw I can point out in the above is that if by 'Lord' we mean
> Satchitanandaghana, Brahman, then it cannot be/have a body.  Everyone was
> witness to the baby krishna growing up to an adult and an aged one.
>  Brahman
> has no vikAra-s.  The body has.  Only that which is in some way or the
> other
> connected with prakriti can have modifications of whatever type.
> RV: Please re-read Madhusudana's bhashya. There is NO CREATION of the body.
> Madhusudana has already answered your question in his bhashya that I posted
> ascribing the doubt to Arjuna. Arjuna's doubt: In that case, since there is
> no body made of elements, therefore how can there be the apprehension of
> Your being a man etc., which are its characteristics? As to that, He says:
> Atma mayaya, by means of My own Maya. It is verily through My own Maya that
> the cognition of My being a man etc. occurs for the benefit of humanity; but
> it is not so in reality. This is the idea.

Krishna does not become aged - nava yauvanam ca (though He can manifest
whatever IS part of His infinite glories). Jivan Muktas have a body made of
material elements created due to prarabda karma. Their form is not eternal
like the Lord's.

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