[Advaita-l] Avatar's body is transcended

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Tue Aug 29 03:20:15 EDT 2017

On Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 8:06 AM, S Jayanarayanan via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

>  Here's the Mahabharata reference for Krishna letting go of the body and
> "becoming" Narayana:
> http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m16/m16004.htm
> "The high-souled one, thinking of the destruction of the Vrishnis and the
> Andhakas, as also of the previous slaughter of the Kurus, concluded that
> the hour (for his own departure from the world) had come. He then
> restrained his senses (in Yoga). Conversant with the truth of every topic,
> Vasudeva, though he was the Supreme Deity, wished to die, for dispelling
> all doubts and establishing a certainty of results (in the matter of human
> existence), simply for upholding the three worlds and for making the words
> of Atri’s son true. Having restrained all his senses, speech, and mind,
> Krishna laid himself down in high Yoga.
> A fierce hunter of the name of Jara then came there, desirous of deer. The
> hunter, mistaking Keshava, who was stretched on the earth in high Yoga, for
> a deer, pierced him at the heel with a shaft and quickly came to that spot
> for capturing his prey. Coming up, Jara beheld a man dressed in yellow
> robes, rapt in Yoga and endued with many arms. Regarding himself an
> offender, and filled with fear, he touched the feet of Keshava. The
> high-souled one comforted him and then ascended upwards, filling the entire
> welkin with splendour. When he reached Heaven, Vasava and the twin Ashvinis
> and Rudra and the Adityas and the Vasus and the Viswedevas,

Here the translation should have been:  ...Rudra-s and Aditya-s....[ rudrAdityA
vasavashchAtha vishve ] [Rudrāścha ādityāścha rudrādityāḥ]

Is there any reference to this in the Mahabharata:


//Arjuna <http://www.mythfolklore.net/india/encyclopedia/arjuna.htm> proceeded
to Dwaraka <http://www.mythfolklore.net/india/encyclopedia/dwaraka.htm> and
performed the obsequies of Krishna . A few days afterwards the city was
swallowed up by the sea. Five of Krishna 's widows were subsequently burnt
upon a funeral pile in the plain of Kuru


> and Munis and Siddhas and many foremost ones among the Gandharvas, with
> the Apsaras, advanced to receive him. Then, O king, the illustrious
> Narayana of fierce energy, the Creator and Destroyer of all, that preceptor
> of Yoga, filling Heaven with his splendour, reached his own inconceivable
> region."
> https://sanskritdocuments.org/mirrors/mahabharata/txt/mbh16.itx
> sa chintayAno.andhakavRRiShNinAshaM; kurukShayaM chaiva mahAnubhAvaH |
> mene tataH sa~NkramaNasya kAlaM; tatashchakArendriyasaMnirodham || 18||
> sa saMniruddhendriyavA~NmanAstu; shishye mahAyogamupetya kRRiShNaH |
> jarAtha taM deshamupAjagAma; lubdhastadAnIM mRRigalipsurugraH || 19||
> sa keshavaM yogayuktaM shayAnaM; mRRigAsha~NkI lubdhakaH sAyakena |
> jarAvidhyatpAdatale tvarAvAM;staM chAbhitastajjighRRikShurjagAma || 20||
> athApashyatpuruShaM yogayuktaM; pItAmbaraM lubdhako.anekabAhum || 20||
> matvAtmAnamaparAddhaM sa tasya; jagrAha pAdau shirasA chArtarUpaH |
> AshvAsayattaM mahAtmA tadAnIM; gachChannUrdhvaM rodasI vyApya lakShmyA ||
> 21||
> divaM prAptaM vAsavo.athAshvinau cha; rudrAdityA vasavashchAtha vishve |
> pratyudyayurmunayashchApi siddhA; gandharvamukhyAshcha sahApsarobhiH ||
> 22||
> tato rAjanbhagavAnugratejA; nArAyaNaH prabhavashchAvyayashcha |
> yogAchAryo rodasI vyApya lakShmyA; sthAnaM prApa svaM mahAtmAprameyam ||
> 23||
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