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Bhagavadgeeta Verse 2.18

अंतवंत इमॆ दॆहा नित्यस्य उक्ताः शरीरिणः
अनाशिनः अप्रमॆयस्य तस्मात् युध्यस्व भारत ॥ २.१८ ॥

ಅಂತವಂತ ಇಮೇ ದೇಹಾ ನಿತ್ಯಸ್ಯ ಉಕ್ತಾಃ ಶರೀರಿಣಃ
ಅನಾಶಿನಃ ಅಪ್ರಮೇಯಸ್ಯ ತಸ್ಮಾತ್ ಯುಧ್ಯಸ್ವ ಭಾರತ || ೨.೧೮ ||

aMtavaMta imE dEhA nityasya uktAH shareeriNaH
anAshinaH apramEyasya tasmAt yudhyasva bhArata || 2.18 ||

Destructible are these bodies of the eternal souls, who are dwellers in the body. The souls themselves are indestructible and immeasurable; therefore fight O Arjuna

Meaning 1:

apramEyasya anAshinaH nityasya shareeriNaH imE dEhA aMtavaMta uktAH

Having negligible similarity with Bhagavan, who is all-pervasive, indestructible, and eternal, these gross bodies visible to the eyes possessed by the jIvas are destructible.

tasmAt bhArata yudhyasva

Therefore Arjuna wage this dharmic war.

Meaning 2:

nityasya shareeriNaH imE dEhA aMtavaMta uktAH

These jIvas having eternal and imperishable svarupa dehas is said to possess gross bodies that are perishable.

tasmAt bhArata anAshinaH apramEyasya yudhyasva

Therefore as puja to the Lord who does NOT have four kinds of destruction, wage this dharmic war.

Some points:

1. Every jIva has its own bimba rupa. Darshana of bimba rupa is necessary for Moksha even though all rupas of Lord are equal. One of the upanishads talk about this. rupam rupam pratirupo babhuva…

2. When it is said that jIva is pratibimba of Lord, it talks about dependence of jIva on Lord and NOT taken literally.

3. In Mahabharatha Tatparyanirnaya, Acharya talks about Rudra deva being reflection of Mukhyaprana etc. It may seem that this is contradicting point 1 which says all jIvas are pratibimba of Lord.

However, since pratibimba or reflection means dependence on Lord, it can be explained. Rudra Deva is dependent on both Mukhyaprana and more on Lord.

4. Ectype is Bimba or paramtma.

Prototype is Pratibimba

Mirror is Upadhi.

There are two kinds of prototypes.

One having a reflecting media like a mirror or pond. Another not having any separate reflecting media, but the reflection and reflecting media coincides, like the case of rainbow.

jIva belongs to the second category where its svarupa itself is the reflecting media.

5. Since Lord is anAshinaH (indestructible), jIvas are eternal (nitya).

6. It could be asked, if the Bimba stands outside the limit of upadhi, there can be no pratibimba. To clear this doubt it is said apramEyasya, i.e. all-pervasive. Another meaning of this word is one who cannot be known completely.

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