body in discussions of the soul

Valerie J Roebuck vjroebuck at MACUNLIMITED.NET
Thu Apr 14 07:38:50 UTC 2005

At first glance, these seem to be  attempts to summarize the teaching
of these Upanisads (from a particular Vedanta point of view) rather
than translations of any particular passage.  In the case of the
Aitareya, in particular, the original is much more enigmatic.

Valerie J Roebuck
Manchester, UK

At 6:50 pm -0500 13/4/05, Dean Anderson wrote:
>I haven't had a chance to look through the Upanishads but a few modern
>Vedanta web sites talk of a body, mind, atma triad which seem to match what
>I remember from Shankara......
>Teachings of the Katha Upanishad:
>The Atma is pure unwavering awareness. It is agitationless,: it is
>Consciousness, infinite and full. Our innermost essence is Atma. We are not
>the body, mind or senses.

>There is also this translation from the Aitareya Upanishad which I haven't
>checked for accuracy:
>So we see that which is the heart and mind cannot also be the soul,
>perception, discrimination, intelligence, wisdom, insight, steadfastness,
>thought, thoughtfulness, impulse, memory, conception, purpose, life, desire,
>and control - all these are attributes of the entity within the body whose
>nature is Brahman, but they are not He, nor He, they.

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