[Advaita-l] Which entities are said to possess a sUxma sharIra ?

Raghav Kumar Dwivedula raghavkumar00 at gmail.com
Thu Apr 26 12:17:18 EDT 2018

For greater clarity i wish to know
1. Does a plant have a sUXma sharIra?
My understanding is, it does. Since we have sthAvara yoni-s being attained
due to pApa phala fructification. But point to note is that although a
plant has no manifest antahkaraNa the way a higher mammal lke a cow etc.,
have, the plant still has a sUxma sharIra which enables bhukti for the jIva
born as the plant.

2. Does a virus have a sUxma sharIra?
Its just a a limited set of chemical substances viz., a protein coat and
DNA., both of which are changeable and removable one at a time. So if we
change the protein covering and retain the DNA, we would get a different
virus which behaves differently. Viruses are at the borderline between what
is jada and chetana. So its a moot question whether it is an independent
jIva at all in the first place.

3. Do single cell orgamisms have sUxma sharIra-s?
The question arises because if a single celled bacterium is regarded as
having an independent sUxma sharIra, what is the reason for not positing a
independent sUxma sharIra-s for each cell in a body of a larger creature?

4. Does a stone have a sUxma sharIra?
Probably not . In special  cases like the earth or Sun as a whole, shAstra
does seem to talk of an abhimAnI devata who self-identifies with these
cosmic bodies.

Any additional clarity on these questions is welcome

Thank you

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