[Advaita-l] Samskaras and Vasanas and sanchita karma
raghavkumar72 at yahoo.com
Fri Nov 5 06:37:13 CDT 2010
What is the difference between samskaras and vasanas ?
Where is the sanchita-karma (in some suitable "seed" form presumably) stored,
given that it lies dormant for the duration of this entire birth ? What is the
difference between samskaras and the sanchita karmas. Both are created by our
actions in previous births ?
A karma done in a previous birth needs a Conscious All-knowing Principle for it
to fructify in another birth. This 'fructification is not automatic, since karma
is inert. So explains Adi Shankara in the kenopanishad vakya bhashya. Can anyone
give greater elaboration on this role of Ishwara as the karma-phala-adhyaksha ?
The phrase 'gahanaa-karmano-gatih" (parapharaseable as : deep/unfathomable are
the ways and workings of karma) in Gita, I submit, should be only sparingly
quoted and used. It is unfortunately used all too often to avoid answering
probing questions on karma.
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