[Advaita-l] Advaita-l Digest, Vol 73, Issue 6 - Praayaschittha karma

sriram srirudra at vsnl.com
Sat Aug 7 05:33:11 CDT 2010

Dear Members
Prayaschitham is beneficial only when one does a wrong without knowing that 
it is wrong as per scriptures.The prayaschitham works psychologically and 
the individual is able to withstand the bad effects of his wrong doing with 
equanamity.He will console himself without making any fuss.But he has to 
undergo the illeffects anyway.This is my understanding of prayaschiththa 
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Vidyashankar Krishnan" <shankarkv at gmail.com>
To: <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
Sent: Saturday, August 07, 2010 3:21 PM
Subject: [Advaita-l] Advaita-l Digest, Vol 73, Issue 6 - Praayaschittha 

> Sri Ramesh has clarified that praayaschittha karma removes paapam as in 
> Pareekshith's listening to the Bhagavatham. But certain karmas which are 
> meant to cause harm to others for their evil deeds will result in 
> reduction of paapam for them, but prarabdha of the performer will 
> increase. These karmas, done out of anger, will yield negative results for 
> one as do any acts of anger - especially for a sadhaka aiming for moksha.
> These are directly antithetical to the qualities of titIksha and sama 
> which are enjoined for a spiritual aspirant.
> Sri Ramesh has also well outlined that one should give up the need to 
> retaliate - on grounds that it is the body / mind that is affected. But if 
> anyone who has a strong desire to retaliate does have the feeling of I in 
> the body, etc in the first instance. Perhaps such a person could think of 
> the negative events as "Iswara's will - in consonance with one's 
> prarabdha". An even softer understanding would be to attempt, "The Lord 
> has mitigated my prarabdha and given me the fruits thus. Were it not for 
> His grace, I might have had to endure more suffering".
> Perhaps the best statement on titIksha, in my opinion, comes from Sri 
> Abhinava Vidyatheertha Mahaswamiji, the previous pontiff of the Sringeri 
> Math:
> Normally when one hears that which is unpleasant or encounters an 
> unfavourable situation created by another,  one feels angry and seeks 
> vengeance. Anger is like an ungrateful creature. It burns the very person 
> who gives room to it. Instead of getting angry, the slighted or  censured 
> person  could very well have analysed whether any actual shortcomings of 
> his had been pointed out. If so, he could remedy that personal fault and 
> be grateful to the person who brought it to his notice. On the other hand, 
> the censure  might have been unfounded. If so, this man could think,  "it 
> is said that making others happy is a form of worship of God. So, if this 
> person is deriving some joy in condemning me then I'm lucky. After all, 
> without taking any effort, I am able to worship God by giving him some 
> happiness.
> Om tat sat
> Vidyashankar Krishnan
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