[Advaita-l] Animals can get Jnana?

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Fri Apr 18 02:21:39 CDT 2014

On Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 12:22 PM, Parthiban K.K. <parthiban.kk at gmail.com>wrote:

> Dear All,
> My humble pranams,
> If animals which do not have discriminating intellect are to be considered
> lower and incapable of spiritual realization, for that matter even
> spiritual growth, what is their future? Will they always remain the same in
> future births also or they will further deteriorate as they will hunt and
> kill other beings to satiate their hunger in this birth as animals?
> What will be their future?

According to the Vedic dharma, an animal life is the result of a jiva's
past adherence to niShiddha karma.  The animal/plant life is for bhoga,
experiencing the past karma phala only.  No new karma is accumulated  in
these lives.  At the end of this animal life, the jiva might return to
human or take any other form as per its accumulated karma.  From a human
life too one  could go up to attain super-human lives and after that from
there one could straight land in human or even lower lives.  The
Mundaka/kaTha upanishads have the appropriate mantras for this.



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