body in discussions of the soul

tony k. stewart phitks at UNITY.NCSU.EDU
Mon Apr 11 15:45:17 UTC 2005

Following Dominick, it is perhaps notable that the Gaudiya Vaisnavas
develop a siddha deha for the further reaches of sadhana and that
siddha deha is what ends up in Goloka.  In that figuration I recall
little or no talk of atman vs deha or sarira.


Tony K. Stewart
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On Apr 11, 2005, at 11:12 AM, Dominik Wujastyk wrote:

> I'm out on a limb here, but I'm not convinced that body/soul is a
> fundamental binary pair in Sanskritic culture.  In New Age thought, the
> triad "body, mind, spirit" is a commonplace, and this is often
> projected
> onto Indian thought.  Once again, I currently think this triad is not a
> particularly fundamental one from the Sanskrit sources themselves.
> Dominik
> On Fri, 8 Apr 2005, Jonathan Silk wrote:
>> Dear Colleagues,
>> I am wondering if anyone knows of a study of the vocabulary for
>> 'body' employed in discussions of the existence of the soul, and the
>> body-soul (or mind-body) problem, or can offer any insight.
>> My extremely superficial impression is that zariira is a common word
>> in such contexts, but do other terms (kaaya, deha, ???) also appear?
>> (I likewise presume that the most common words for the other member
>> of the pair include aatman, jiiva, prakrti, though I am less
>> interested in this side of the question.)
>> With many thanks, JAS
>> --
>> Jonathan Silk
>> Department of Asian Languages & Cultures
>> Center for Buddhist Studies
>> 290 Royce Hall
>> Box 951540
>> Los Angeles, CA 90095-1540
>> phone: (310)206-8235
>> fax:  (310)825-8808
>> silk at

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