Of course, technically, Triśaṅku does not seek to enter the heavenly world(s) through tapas, but rather by having a sacrifice performed on his behalf for this purpose. Thus he first approaches Vasiṣṭha, then Vasiṣṭha’s sons and finally, in his cursed form, Viśvāmitra. Then there are also various accounts of mortals who are able to travel to heaven in their earthly  bodies on a temporary basis, such as Arjuna at Mbh. 3.43 ff.  and Dilīpa at Raghuvaṃśa 1. 75 ff. etc. 

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On Dec 16, 2019, at 12:18 PM, Uskokov, Aleksandar via INDOLOGY <indology@list.indology.info> wrote:

Hi Aaron,

Perhaps not relevant directly, but you could look at Sabara's commentary on Mimamsa-sutra 1.1.5, where a statement from the Brahmanas that the ritualist attains heaven in his own body along with the ritual implements is discussed.


From: INDOLOGY <indology-bounces@list.indology.info> on behalf of Tieken, H.J.H. via INDOLOGY <indology@list.indology.info>
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To: Aaron Sherraden <aaron.sherraden@gmail.com>; indology@list.indology.info <indology@list.indology.info>
Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] saśarīra
Dear Aaron,

In my article "The Mahābhārata after the Great Battle", WZKS XLVIII (2004, app. 2005) I deal with Yudhiṣṭhira, who is the only one of the Pāṇḍavas to arrive in heaven with his body because he is without sin (see p. 36).
I think (but am not certain) you may find a pdf of this article on my website.

Herman Tieken
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Van: INDOLOGY [indology-bounces@list.indology.info] namens Aaron Sherraden via INDOLOGY [indology@list.indology.info]
Verzonden: maandag 16 december 2019 21:02
Aan: indology@list.indology.info
Onderwerp: [INDOLOGY] saśarīra

Dear list members,

I am wondering about appearances of the word "saśarīra" and/or "svaśarīra" in various contexts.  I have encountered saśarīra/svaśarīra in the episodes of Triśaṅku and Śambūka from the Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, but would be curious to know of other places where these or similar concepts show up.  In both of these episodes, the goal of Triśaṅku and Śambūka is to enter some sort of heavenly realm or divine form (variously referred to as divam, gatim, svargam, devatvam etc.) with their body.  Also in these episodes, Triśaṅku and Śambūka have gone rogue to engage in tapas as a way of achieving this goal.  

An example from each of the Rāmāyaṇa episodes:

guruśāpakṛtaṃ rūpaṃ yad idaṃ tvayi vartate |
anena saha rūpeṇa saśarīro gamiṣyasi || VR 1.58.4 (Triśaṅku episode)

śūdrayonyāṃ prasūto 'smi tapa ugraṃ samāsthitaḥ |
devatvaṃ prārthaye rāma saśarīro mahāyaśaḥ || VR 7.67.2 (Śambūka episode)

I am especially curious about the use of "saśarīra" in similar ways, but I am open to any use of the term from the literature at large.

With thanks in advance,
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