[Advaita-l] puNya for mentally challenged individuals
kuntimaddisada at yahoo.com
Sun Dec 15 04:35:35 CST 2013
Not sure what scriptures say. However as a general rule, there has to be kartRitva bhaavam for punya or papa resulting from any action. The question is what extent the individual has that will depend on the mental state or maturity of that individual.
On Sun, 12/15/13, Raghav Kumar <raghavkumar00 at gmail.com> wrote:
Subject: [Advaita-l] puNya for mentally challenged individuals
To: "A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta" <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
Date: Sunday, December 15, 2013, 4:18 AM
Does a mentally challenged individual get the result of a
karma like dAna
or a pUja or other karma done in his name by some other
person like a
guardian. Is there any sAshtra reference to such cases. Or
anecdote which clarifies this.
(To elaborate: Performance of karma needs a sankalpa on the
part of the
individual. Even a yajamAna initiates karma by his own
sankalpa and so the
purohita who is appointed to execute vaidika karma does not
get the karma
phala - rather the yajamAna gets the karma phala. There the
clear. And Jaimini Dharma Sutras etc make this quite clear.
But in the case of a mentally challenged individual (or even
an infant for
that matter), the situation is different. Will dAnam or some
done in their name accrue to them - that is the question.
may say 'yes.'. But are there any clear sAshtra or
purAna reference which
deal with this question - specifically of dAnam done in the
name of a
mentally challenged individual or an infant. There is also
aspect,i.e., popular notion is that a child below five
years does not
incur any pApa for vidhi infringements. Does this have any
the question raised above.)
I request your clarification.
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