Is there any scriptural support for the claim “one who is in the form of the jīva is not any other than Brahman”?

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Is there any scriptural support for the claim “one who is in the form of the jīva is not any other than Brahman”?

Post by Seva Lamberdar on Thu Dec 31, 2015 9:27 am

Let’s consider the following.

Even though jivatma represents the (imperishable) spark (spirit) of Brahman inside the perishable body (prakrti) and their union results in the jiva (living entity), the jiva itself (including the jivatma) is not Brahman, according to the Bhagavad Gita (Ch. 15: V. 16, 17 & 18). The Gita in these verses is very particular about the distinction between the three - (perishable) body, (imperishable) jivatma and (Purushottma or Supreme Spirit) Brahman.

In addition to the usual (i.e. at least two) mentioned in The Gita (as “perishable” and “imperishable” in Ch. 15- V. 16, or as the field / kshetra and the knower of the field / kshetra-gya in Ch. 13 – V. 2 & 35), there is Brahman as the Self (or Atman) in the “jiva”. Brahman, as the Gita (Ch. 15 – V. 17) states, enters all three worlds and supports and sustains all (including supposedly the “jiva” or living entity ), thus implying clearly that Brahman is different and superior to jiva which certainly is incapable of doing that (enter the three worlds and sustain and support all).

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