Shri Datta Swami

Jnana Saraswati – Parabrahma Sutras


178. Departed souls have gaseous bodies

पितरो धूमतनवः श्रुतेः प्राणमयादयः।१७८।  
pitaro dhūmatanavaḥ śruteḥ prāṇamayādayaḥ|178|

The souls escaping human gross bodies have gaseous bodies containing all the systems like the respiratory system, as per the Veda.


The state of angel is completely different from the jivatman escaping the gross body after death. The jivatman is surrounded by the gaseous body as mentioned in the Veda (Manomayah praanashariara…). This jivatman is associated with digestive and respiratory systems, which are also subtle. The subtle nervous system also exists as in the case of angels. This gaseous body is referred to as smoke or dhuma in the Gita. These souls travel to the hell and suffer without food along with the horrible torture. Of course, the souls going to a little higher and better Pitru Loka, in the same line, get the food from the moon. This state is intermediate between the lower human beings and the higher angels.

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