[Advaita-l] Ishwara prasada

Srikanta Narayanaswami srikanta.narayanaswami at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 7 02:35:17 CDT 2011

The above is incorrect. Shankara does assert that it is only by Ishvara prasAda, jnAna leading to Moksha is possible.  Shankaracharya asserts it very clearly in Gia 2.39:
कर्मबन्धः तं प्रहास्यसि ईश्वरप्रसादनिमित्तज्ञानप्राप्त्यैव इत्यभिप्रायः

and in BSB 2.3.41....

"But from the highest (Lord there result samsâra and moksha), because scripture teaches 
The above means only "Karmabandha'is removed 'by ishwara prasada,not by any thing else.the above statement reads:
'Ishwara prasada nimitta(it is only nimitta) .So,Jnana is an important element.

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