[Advaita-l] Nitya Karma question
rkmurthy at gmail.com
Wed Oct 5 04:10:56 CDT 2011
Namaste Sri Lalitaalaalitah,
I don't see any fundamental distinction between what you are saying and what
I wrote earlier, except that your responses do not show adequate
appreciation of the context in which I gave those laukika examples.
<< Police officer can't work 24 hours and he surely doesn't. So, are you
going to punish him for every minute ? Definitely not.>>
This is exactly what I said. A punishment can arise only where there is a
duty (which was not performed). The police officer does not have 24 hour
duty. He can only be punished for dereliction of his assigned duty.
<< As saMnyAsI are not bound to do karma, so non-performance itself doesn't
exist in their case.>>
This is exactly what I am saying.
<< Only those, who are adhikArI of karma and don't perform, can be said to
It really boils down to the sense in which one uses the term "abhAva".
The concept of "abhAvAt bhAvotpatti doSha" may seem very simple and
straightforward but a little reflection will reveal that bhAva and abhAva
can be very elusive concepts. I don't have the time for a detailed
discussion here but you may want to reflect on why the advaitin-s recognize
anupalabdhi as a separate pramANa and then compare that with what is said in
the taittirIya bhAShya introduction on the issue of pratyavAya.
Lastly, I am quite aware that pUrva mImAMsaka-s and advaitin-s have somewhat
different views on the precise status of nityakarma. While the former
emphasize pratyavAya on account of non-performance, the latter emphasize
durita kShaya and chitta shuddhi on account of performance. That is a
different point which I am not denying, but it still does not take away from
the need to understand the context of the bhAShya-s and extreme care in
application of the concepts of bhAva and abhAva.
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