Spiritual Bodies

Spiritual Bodies and Material Bodies

“Do Spiritual residents of Krsna-loka and Vaikuntha Dhama have bodies without veins and other bodily organs we are accustomed to on the earthly plane of existence?”

[Those who are very sinful and attached to their family, house, village or country do not receive a gross body made of material elements but remain in a subtle body, composed of mind, ego and intelligence. Those who live in such subtle bodies are called ghosts. This ghostly position is very painful because a ghost has intelligence, mind and ego and wants to enjoy material life, but because he doesn’t have a gross material body, he can only create disturbances for want of material satisfaction.]

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 4.18.18

[Since Brahma is, essentially, an extraterrestrial, living on a higher planet, his perceptions of time and space are entirely different from our own. Indeed, the Vedic literature tells us that demigods are made of subtle substance; in Brahma’s case, he has a body composed of pure intelligence. His feet never touch the ground, he doesn’t blink, and he casts no shadow. Demigods are simply different kinds of living entities, and there is no reason to expect them to conform to our conceptions of time and space.]

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Lord Brahma The Original Created Being

[Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura paraphrases these verses as follows: Sri Sanatana Gosvami asked Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, “Who am I?” In answer, the Lord replied, “You are a pure living entity. You are neither the material body nor the subtle body composed of mind and intelligence. Actually you are a spirit soul, eternal part and parcel of the Supreme Soul, Krsna. Therefore you are His eternal servant. You belong to Krsna’s marginal potency. There are two worlds — the spiritual world and the material world-and you are situated between the material and spiritual potencies. You have a relationship with both the material and spiritual worlds; therefore you are called the marginal potency. You are related with Krsna as one and simultaneously different. Because you are spirit soul, you are one in quality with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but because you are a very minute particle of spirit soul, you are different from the Supreme Soul. Therefore your position is simultaneously one with and different from the Supreme Soul. The examples given are those of the sun itself and the small particles of sunshine and of a blazing fire and the small particles of fire.”]

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Madhya 20.108-109

[Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura comments that the word siddha-deha, “perfected spiritual body,” refers to a body beyond the material gross body composed of five elements and the subtle astral body composed of mind, intelligence and false ego. In other words, one attains a completely spiritual body fit to render service to the transcendental couple Radha and Krsna: sarvopadhi-vinirmuktam tat-paratvena nirmalam [Cc. Madhya 19.170].]

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Madhya 8.229

sah — that person; paryagat — must know in fact; sukram — the omnipotent; akayam — unembodied; avranam — without reproach; asnaviram — without veins; suddham — antiseptic; apapa-viddham — prophylactic; kavih — omniscient; manisi — philosopher; paribhuh — the greatest of all; svayambhuh — self-sufficient; yathatathyatah — just in pursuance of; arthan — desirables; vyadadhat — awards; sasvatibhyah — immemorial; samabhyah — time.
[Such a person must factually know the greatest of all, the Personality of Godhead, who is unembodied, omniscient, beyond reproach, without veins, pure and uncontaminated, the self-sufficient philosopher who has been fulfilling everyone’s desire since time immemorial.]

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Iso mantra 8


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