[Advaita-l] Are actions essentially meaningless?
bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com
Mon Dec 24 06:01:51 CST 2012
Humble sAshtAnga praNAms Sri Vidya prabhuji
For the student advaitin, yes, doing prescribed action is a way to
discipline the mind.
> Yes, the student of advaita, who is yet to take the sarva karma
saNyAsa, should religiously follow the veda vihita karma to tune/prepare
his mind for the jnAna mArga. If he does not observe what is prescribed
in shAstra (Ashrama vihita karma) and if he does what is prohibited in
shAstra (pratishiddha karma) he will accrue pApa, though he is doing
sAdhana in advaita mArga. So, in a way, apart from sarva karma saNyAsi-s,
veda/shAstra vihita/nishiddha karma-s need to be observed by
brahmacharyAdi ashramites without looking for any alternatives.
> Now, the question is, we the office goers (modern day vaidika
brAhmaNa-s), who most of the time, have to skip the nitya karma-s like
(mAdhyAnhika, sAyaM) etc., & earning money by serving as against brAhmaNa
dharma would accrue the sin?? Being a householder (gruhastha) we have
to do agnihOtrAdi karma and maintain three types of agni (gArhapatya,
ahavaneeya, dakshiNAgni) but how many of us following these injunctions??
would this violation accrue any pApa?? or these skipping & resultant pApa
would be nullified by our excessive dose of vedAnta vichAra vinimaya
(during office hours) & shAstra/bhAshyAdhyayana, svAdhyAya etc. ?? Can
we say these activities of ours would act as an alternative for the
mandatory veda vihita karma-s?? Please clarify.
For the realized person, it is usually only a pedagogical tool, to set an
example for disciples in how to discipline oneself.
> yes, yadyadAcharati shreshTaH....lOkastadanuvartate says lord. But an
occasional 'slip' of these realized souls (due to avidyA lesha or
prArabdha whatever it is) and their questionable attitude will always be a
puzzle for the 'lOka' which consider him/her as 'shreshTa' is it not??
Your humble servant
Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
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