By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Ksara, KSara, Kshara
Kṣara literally means ‘destructible’.
It stands for anything that gets destroyed or that is ephemeral. However, the Bhagavadgitā uses the word in a more technical sense. According to it, there are two kinds of beings:
- The kṣarapuruṣas - All the beings associated with prakṛti starting with the four faced Brahmā right up to a blade of grass are termed as ‘kṣara’.
- The akṣarapuruṣas - The muktapuruṣas or liberated souls are called as ‘aksara’ since they are not associated with the ever changing prakṛti.
- Bhagavadgitā 15.16
- Prakṛti means embodied beings undergoing transmigration.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore