body in discussions of the soul

jkirk jkirk at SPRO.NET
Wed Apr 13 21:09:26 UTC 2005

The ancient triad probably originated with the Zoroastrians: "good thoughts,
good words, good deeds." In Buddhism it got translated/transferred as "body,
speech and mind." That phrase recurs often in much of the Buddhist
literature. Perhaps it was appropriated by the New Agers as "body, mind,
spirit"-- introducing a metaphysical element--"spirit,"--New Age writing is
rife with metaphysicality--
that was not originally there.

Joanna Kirkpatrick

> >>
> >>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

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