[Advaita-l] Adi Sankara's comment about Prayascitta Karma and Sureshvaracharya's comment about Nitya Karma

Vidyasankar Sundaresan svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 5 07:54:30 CDT 2010

> Sureshvaracharya says Papa Hani destroying of sins is must for citta
> suddhi purification of mind. There is no Brahma Jnana without citta
> suddhi. But citta suddhi depends on Papa Hani. The person's mind is
> impure when he has sins. Mind cannot be pure until sins are washed.
> Nitya karma can extinguish sins.
> The question rises Why Adi Sankara says Prayascitta Karma but
> Sureshvaracharya says Nitya Karma ?

Suresvaracharya is merely mentioning nitya karmA as a means towards
citta Suddhi. He is not saying that nitya karmA is the only means to remove
sins and he is not saying anything about prAyaScitta one way or the other.
His context in the naishkarmyasiddhi is quite broad (I presume you refer to
this text and not to one of the vArttikas).
ps. I have been intending to respond to your post on saMnyAsa and varNa-
ASrama rules from a few days ago. I'll try to respond before the week ends. 		 	   		  

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