[Advaita-l] Pramana for adhyaropa apavada

Ramesh Krishnamurthy rkmurthy at gmail.com
Mon May 13 01:38:54 CDT 2013

On 11 May 2013 17:45, Rajaram Venkataramani <rajaramvenk at gmail.com> wrote:

> << RV: On the contrary, it is the conscious being that one loves. Even the
> most beloved person's body is offered back to the elements once the life
> departs.  >>

Words like "consciousness" carry different shades of meaning in popular
discourse. One has to be careful while using them. When Sri Subrahmanian
uses the expression "consciousness principle" he is referring to the Atman.
This is not the same as the "life principle" you are referring to. The
difference between a living body and a dead one is not the absence of Atman
in the latter (which would be absurd in the context of advaita-vedAnta),
but the absence of prANa in the latter.

As such, the Atman is the adhiShThAna of all entities, whether living, dead
or non-living.

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