[Advaita-l] Fwd: Gita 13.20 question

mc1 at aol.com mc1 at aol.com
Sun May 27 13:02:55 EDT 2018

I don't get it. This is not the first time I've asked this revered audience a valid question and not received an answer. Why not?

Sankara makes what appears to be a contradictory statement. How can jiva and bhoktr be synonymous with Purusa? 

Please be so kind as to offer a reply ... even if to say, "I don't know, good question!"

Respectfully, mcc

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Subject: Gita 13.20 question

Here's a selection from Gita 13.20 bhasya Gambhirananda tr.
How to explain Purusha, jiva and bhoktr described as synonymous? 

"So far as the agentship with regard to these is concerned Nature is said to be the cause, because of the same reason
of being their originator. As to how the soul can be the cause of mundane existence is being stated: Purusah, the soul, the empirical being, the knower of the field-all these are synonymous; is the hetuh, cause; bhoktrtve, so far as enjoyership, the fact of being the perceiver; sukha-duhkhanam, of happiness and sorrow-which are objects of experience, is concerned."

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