[Advaita-l] Is Knowledge result of Prabdha karma ??
srikrishna_ghadiyaram at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 20 16:48:25 CST 2003
hariH OM !!
I know that this is a traditional explanation given to
show that Knowledge alone is the cause/means of
But, what about this specific sloka quoted from
upadEsa sAhasrI ? This is also an accepted source of
Sankara's teaching. What does he mean here ? It looks
like a contradiction of sorts. I do not see any need
to search for a hidden meaning in this direct
reference to prarabdha karma. Let me know how to
justify this statement.
Om Namo Narayanaya !!
--- kuntimaddi sadananda <kuntimaddisada at yahoo.com>
> 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
> 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
> purusha tantram.
> Hari OM!
> --- 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
> > begun to produce a result, it is reasonable that
> > (= knowledge and action) are not contradictory to
> > other. But other [action, namely that which has
> > yet begun to produce a result,] is different in
> > nature.
> > --------
> > Similar is the translation by Swami Jagadananda.
> > Q: How is it said that 'experience and knowledge
> > both results of action ..' ?
> > Om Namo Narayanaya !!
> > Srikrishna
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