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305We are all floating in the five kinds of air (Chapter 2 Text 17)

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  • prateek sanwal
    Sep 1, 2011
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      Hare Krishna Friends,
      Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized
                                   
                                   

                                                      TEXT 17


             

                                            avinasi tu tad viddhi
                                         yena sarvam idam tatam
                                          vinasam avyayasyasya
                                         na kascit kartum arhati


                                                   SYNONYMS

      avinasi--imperishable; tu--but; tat--that; viddhi--know it; yena--by whom; sarvam--all of the body; idam--this; tatam--pervaded; vinasam--
      destruction; avyayasya--of the imperishable; asya--of it; na kascit--no one; kartum--to do; arhati--is able.

                                                  TRANSLATION

      Know that which pervades the entire body is indestructible. No one is able to destroy the imperishable soul.

                                                      PURPORT

      This verse more clearly explains the real nature of the soul, which is spread all over the body. Anyone can understand what is spread all over
      the body: it is consciousness. Everyone is conscious of the pains and pleasures of the body in part or as a whole. This spreading of consciousness is limited within one's own body. The pains and pleasures of one body are unknown to another. Therefore, each and every body is the embodiment of an individual soul, and the symptom of the soul's presence is perceived as individual consciousness. This soul is described as one ten-thousandth part of the upper portion of the hair point in size.

      The Svetasvatara Upanisad (5.9) confirms this:

                                                balagra-sata-bhagasya
                                                satadha kalpitasya ca
                                                  bhago jivah vijneyah
                                                sa canantyaya kalpate

      "When the upper point of a hair is divided into one hundred parts and again each of such parts is further divided into one hundred parts, each such part is the measurement of the dimension of the spirit soul."

      Similarly the same version is stated:

                                            kesagra-sata-bhagasya
                                           satamsah sadrsatmakah
                                          jivah suksma-svarupo 'yam
                                            sankhyatito hi cit-kanah


      "There are innumerable particles of spiritual atoms, which are measured as one ten-thousandth of the upper portion of the hair." Therefore, the individual particle of spirit soul is a spiritual atom smaller than the material atoms, and such atoms are innumerable. This very small spiritual spark is the basic principle of the material body, and the influence of such a spiritual spark is spread all over the body as the influence of the active principle of some medicine spreads throughout the body. This current of the spirit soul is felt all over the body as consciousness, and that is the proof of the presence of the soul. Any layman can understand that the material body minus consciousness is a dead body, and this consciousness cannot be revived in the body by any means of material administration

      Therefore,consciousness is not due to any amount of material combination, but to the spirit soul. In the Mundaka Upanisad (3.1.9) the measurement of the
      atomic spirit soul is further explained:

                                     eso 'nur atma cetasa veditavyo
                                 yasmin pranah pancadha samvivesa
                                 pranais cittam sarvam otam prajanam
                                 yasmin visuddhe vibhavaty esa atma

      "The soul is atomic in size and can be perceived by perfect intelligence. This atomic soul is floating in the five kinds of air [prana, apana, vyana, samana and udana], is situated within the heart, and spreads its influence all over the body of the embodied living entities. When the soul is purified from the contamination of the five kinds of material air, its spiritual influence is exhibited." The hatha-yoga system is meant for controlling the five kinds of air encircling the pure soul by different kinds of sitting postures--not for any material profit, but for liberation of the minute soul from the entanglement of the material atmosphere.

      So the constitution of the atomic soul is admitted in all Vedic literatures, and it is also actually felt in the practical experience of any sane man. Only the insane man can think of this atomic soul as all-pervading visnu-tattva.

                                                                                                             ........to be continued.
                  Source:
      Bhagavad Gita As It Is by HDG. A.C. BhaktiVedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

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