[Advaita-l] adhyAsa as the cause of evil

S Jayanarayanan sjayana at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 9 17:30:04 CST 2003

--- Raghavendra N Kalyan <kalyan7429 at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> Namaste
> I remember reading in AchArya's BSB that adhyAsa
> (superimposition of the self and non-self) is the
> cause of all evil. That sounds perfectly reasonable to
> me. May I know what members think.

AFAIK, adhyAsa is not the root cause of evil. 

The words "good" and "evil" are used in relation to action (Karma)
alone. In advaita, karma is a product of kAma (desire), which in turn
is a product of avidyA. (avidyA --> kAma --> karma)


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