[Advaita-l] Is Knowledge result of Prabdha karma ??
kuntimaddisada at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 20 12:45:16 CST 2003
Shankara says in Aatma bodha
avirodhitayaa karma avidyaan na vinivartayet|
vidyaavidyaam nihantyeva tajas timirisanghavat|
The action is not being opposite to ignorance cannot eliminate it. Only
knowledge is opposite to ignorance like the light is opposite to
Implication is knowledge cannot be the result of any action.
But action can help in preparting the mind - such as studying and
meditating on the truth etc., so that knowledge can descend to the mind
that is receptive for that knowledge. Preparing the mind is an action.
But knowledge cannot not be willed. It is called vastu tantram not
--- Srikrishna Ghadiyaram <srikrishna_ghadiyaram at yahoo.com> wrote:
> hariH OM !!
> Refer to upadEsa sAhasrI - Chapter 4 (metrical part) -
> sloka 4 :
> Arabdhasya phalE hyEtE bhOgO j~Anam cha karmaNaH
> avirOdhastatOyuktO vaidhrmyam cha itarasya tu
> Translation as per Mayeda:
> Page 112
> 4. As experience [of the result of action] and
> knowledge are both resuls of action which has already
> begun to produce a result, it is reasonable that they
> (= knowledge and action) are not contradictory to each
> other. But other [action, namely that which has not
> yet begun to produce a result,] is different in
> Similar is the translation by Swami Jagadananda.
> Q: How is it said that 'experience and knowledge are
> both results of action ..' ?
> Om Namo Narayanaya !!
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