TEXT 18
adraksam aham etam te
hrt-saram mahad-adbhutam
damsa-bhaksita-dehasya
prana hy asthisu serate
SYNONYMS
adraksam—have personally seen; aham—I; etam—this; te—your; hrt-saram—power of endurance; mahat—very great; adbhutam—wonderful; damsa-bhaksita—eaten by worms and ants; dehasya—whose body; pranah—the life air; hi—indeed; asthisu—in the bones; serate—is taking shelter.
TRANSLATION
I have been very much astonished to see your endurance. In spite of being eaten and bitten by all kinds of worms and ants, you are keeping your life air circulating within your bones. Certainly this is wonderful.
PURPORT
It appears that the soul can exist even through the bones, as shown by the personal example of Hiranyakasipu. When great yogis are in samadhi, even when their bodies are buried and their skin, marrow, blood and so on have all been eaten, if only their bones remain they can exist in a transcendental position. Very recently an archaeologist published findings indicating that Lord Christ, after being buried, was exhumed and that he then went to Kashmir. There have been many actual examples of yogis being buried in trance and exhumed alive and in good condition several hours later. A yogi can keep himself alive in a transcendental state even if buried not only for many days but for many years.

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