[Advaita-l] Bhakti and Jnana
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Sun Feb 12 01:55:32 CST 2012
On Sat, 11 Feb 2012, Rajaram Venkataramani wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 11, 2012 at 12:23 PM, V Subrahmanian
> <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>wrote:
>> And by 'limitation as to body and sense organs' MS means those
>> situations in a Bhakta's life where the body is not enjoying good health
>> and the sense organs are not functioning well as for example a person who
>> has lost his eye sight can perfectly be a bhakta. Someone who is hard of
>> hearing can surely contemplate on God. And most importantly MS, as far as
>> I see from the presented portions of his book, is NOT saying that bhakti is
>> something that will continue in the videha kaivalya state.
> Rajaram: A body whether healthy or not will perish. If bhakti is dependent
> on the body and mind for its existence, it will perish. Here Madhusudana is
> saying that bhakti does not perish.
No I think Shri Subrahmanian has it right.
The point MS is making is that karma is limited by the circumstances of
the karta. If one is not a dwija one cannot learn Vedic mantras. If one
is a dwija but never learned one cannot recite them. Even if one is a
dwija who has learned the Vedas, if one is blind, deaf or impotent etc.
one cannot perform the yajnas. Even if one is a dwija who is learned and
physically fit, one may not have the financial resources to perform a
yajna. And without performance there is no result. For Bhakti, the only
limitation is shraddha just as for mukti the only limitation is jnana.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
More information about the Advaita-l mailing list