[Advaita-l] karma - revisited - I

narayan iyer z1e1b1r1a at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 18 00:23:13 CDT 2008


While going through the message archives of Oct. 2001, a query was initiated by Sri Prasad "in a bad deed (A) done by (X) to(Y), does the karma count of(X) go up (due to bad deed) or does it remain constant as he was to do action (A)on account of purva janma karma.

There were  responses from learned  members like Sri K Sadananda, Sri Jaladhar Vyas etc. before the querry lost steam and petered out.  The overall consensus appeared that (X) should have used freewill and refrained from (A) so as to not increase his bad karma.

The otherside of the question, viz. the karma effect on (Y) was not addressed to.  If (Y) was to be recipient of (A) due to his purva janma, and if (X) exercising his freewill refrains from action (A), how does (Y)'s purva janma effect gets neutralised?  Does it mean one man's freewill can affect the prarabda of another?

There are numerous supplementary questions arising out of the above and I would like to post them in parts so that focus does not get distracted.

with regards,



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