[Advaita-l] Can a jnAni engage himself in a prohibited act??
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Fri Jul 16 14:52:23 CDT 2010
On Wed, 14 Jul 2010, V Subrahmanian wrote:
> It is not avatara, if you are in that impression. He is a jiva, mukta, now
> taken a body, and after the expiry of the prArabdha karma will be finally
> liberated. He will not have kartrutva / bhoktrutva bhaava then.
> For that matter, all jivas, when punarjanma is there, in avidyAvasthA, are
> said to be incarnating every time. That is why they say 'Hinduism believes
> in re-incarnation.' Vyasa's case is no different in as much as another
> body is taken and lived out. The only difference is that in this case
> avidya / ajnana is not the cause of the new incarnation; it is the command
> of Ishwara.
> On Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 8:43 AM, Br. Pranipata Chaitanya <
> pranipata at hotmail.com> wrote:
>> You said it yourself, in your own words....
>> From: "V Subrahmanian" <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>
>>> apAntaratamo nAma muniH kali-dvApara-sandhau vyAsatvena sambabhUva - a
>>> named 'apAntaratamas' incarnated in the confluence of Kali and dvApara
>>> yuga-s with the name / position of 'vyAsa'.
>> incarnation is not reincarnation of jantus.
Let us set aside the side-issue of the meaning of the English word
The Rshi of Ishopanishad Dirghatamasa Gotama (Apantaratamasa is a synonym)
was said to be blind. This was possibly a result of some past karma of
his. When he was born as Vedavyasa, it was not an avatara of Dirghatamasa
nor was it reincarnation in the normal sense (as a result of
kartrtva/bhoktrtva) but only at Ishwaras command. So neither can we call
him a jivanmukta either.
The Vishnupurana mentions 28 Vedavyasas of different yuga-chakras of which
the current Parasharya Vyasa is only one. (To muddy the waters a bit, it
and other puranas also mention Vyasa as an avatara of Vishnu Bhagavan
which is not discussed in Brahmasutrabhashya.)
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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