[Advaita-l] Pitrupaksha questions,and the place of Jnana.
sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 30 11:14:01 CDT 2011
I think in our discussions we have lost sight of Lokasamgraha. The spirit of Lokasamgraha really comes from the advaita jnana.All work of an advaitin is for Lokasamgraha. That also includes work for the advaitin himself or herself as he or she is also not different from the others. The karma of Lokasamgraha is compatible with Jnana. Lord krishna himself said that he does not need to work yet he does. Asking what he does it for provides the clue. That mental purity comes only from Jnana.
From: Shyam <shyam_md at yahoo.com>
To: Srikanta Narayanaswami <srikanta.narayanaswami at yahoo.com>; A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
Sent: Friday, September 30, 2011 8:32 AM
Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Pitrupaksha questions,and the place of Jnana.
"there is no pratyavaya incurred by its nonperformance"
This is true.
Do you know if Sankara talks about what, if any, then is the effect of nonperformance of nitya karmas?
"The question is will the mere performance is enough or should it be with the realisation by Jnana as set forth in the BG and Sri Shankara."
In Shankara's view is perfornance of any karma compatible with Jnana?
Finally, in your opinion, based on your thorough and erudite learning of Shankara, can you tell me if a grhastha can continue to discharge his duties towards his family - earn a livelihood, own a house, have a bankbalance - with the abiding nishta of Oneness in Brahman, and avoid nitya/naimittika karmas as they serve him no end, and since mentally he is "akarta"?
--- On Fri, 9/30/11, Srikanta Narayanaswami <srikanta.narayanaswami at yahoo.com> wrote:
> From: Srikanta Narayanaswami <srikanta.narayanaswami at yahoo.com>
> Subject: [Advaita-l] Pitrupaksha questions,and the place of Jnana.
> To: "advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org" <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
> Date: Friday, September 30, 2011, 6:59 AM
> You write
> > While discussing we must not forget that Sri
> > shankara i his commentaries has also discussed the
> place of
> > Jnana in our daily performances.
> "place of Jnana in our daily performances"
> What does this mean? Please explain.
> Hari OM
> I hope you are following the thread on the topic we are
> discussing.The discussion is on the performance of
> karmas,that is Kamya,nitya,naimittika karmas.As for as kamya
> karmas are concerned we may perform them and we may not
> perform them,it is left to the discretion of the peformer.As
> for the nitya karmas,there is the view that nitya karmas
> have to be performed,otherwise the non-performer will incur
> prayavaya,which is a dosha as per the purvameemamsaka point
> of view.The B.G brings this aspect in its Shloka'"Karmani
> aklarma yah pashyeth akarmani karma yah!
> Sah Buddhiman manushyeshu sa yuktah krstna karmakrt!1
> SriShankara Bhagawathpada after the examination of a
> vrttikara that it must be performed says that there is no
> pratyavaya incurred by its nonperformance.The question
> naturally arises as how this holds good.The question is not
> whether the performance or the non-performance brings
> realisation of Jnana.Since,this pertains to the Jnana
> yoga,it comes under the purview of Jnana.SriShankara
> Bhagawath pada also substantiates this.The question is will
> the mere performance is enough or should it be with the
> realisation by Jnana as set forth in the BG and Sri
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