Typographical error in the Bhagavad-Gita?

Paul Kekai Manansala kekai at JPS.NET
Sat Jan 8 13:31:08 EST 2000


Martin Gansten wrote:
>
> >If the verse in question is not an error, then a curious question
> >arises.
> >
> >Must women either reincarnate as brahmin/ksatriya men or master yoga to
> >achieve liberation?
>
> If the verse in question is actually read, this question does not arise at
> all -- at least not as long as we stay within the soteriological framework
> of the Bhagavadgita. Women are assured of liberation (paraa.m gatim) on the
> condition that they take refuge (vyapaazritya) in Krishna.
> Brahmin/kshatriya men are not promised liberation on any different terms;
> the process is merely considered easier for them (ki.m punar braahma.naa.h,
> etc).
>


It appears to me that the verse is giving an exception to a rule that
generally states that brahmins (and not brahmins/ksatriyas) are eligible
for liberation.

The question is then outside of the Gita do women need to reincarnate as
men to achieve liberation or can they achieve liberation at all?

Claude has given one view that they cannot, but isn't the general view
similar to that given by Ravi?

Regards,
Paul Kekai Manansala

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