[Advaita-l] Something Shankara alone can dare to say....

Kalyan kalyan_kg at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 26 08:59:19 EDT 2018

 //Has anyone else said that 'the Lord's body is subject to beginning and perishing?//

It is mentioned by Arjuna in the Mahabharata.

(Arjuna said, ‘He whose complexion was like that of a (newly-risen) cloud, he whose eyes were like a pair of large lotus petals, Krishna, has, with Rama, ***cast off his body*** and ascended to Heaven. )

There is therefore nothing special in what Shankara is saying.
Having said that, I do not remember anyone talking of the deaths of varAha, narasimha or vAmana.

    On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 6:15:29 PM GMT+5:30, V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com> wrote:  

2018-06-26 18:10 GMT+05:30 Kalyan via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>:

//Shankara says:  बहूनि मे मम व्यतीतानि अतिक्रान्तानि जन्मानि तव च हे अर्जुन ।
[Many births of mine have gone by.]

This is something Shankara alone will dare to say which is blasphemy for
others. //
This is something which even Ramanuja says. 

You must read that with the other verse I have cited with the Bhashyam. Has anyone else said that 'the Lord's body is subject to beginning and perishing?

There is nothing special here since Krishna himself says that many of his births have gone by.
Sanskrit Commentary By Sri Ramanuja

।।4.5।।श्रीभगवानुवाच अनेन जन्मनः सत्यत्वम् उक्तम्बहूनि मे व्यतीतानि जन्मानि इति वचनात् तव च इति दृष्टान्ततया उपादानाच्च।आत्मनः अवतारप्रकारं देहयाथात्म्यं जन्महेतुं च आह

English Translation of Ramanuja's Sanskrit Commentary By Swami Adidevananda

4.5 The Lord said By this, the ***reality of the Lord's birth*** is declared in the sentence, ***'Many births of Mine have passed.' 'So is it with you' ***is added by way of illustration. The mode of incarnation, the reality of His body and the cause of His birth are explained in the following verse.
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