[Advaita-l] PrasAda

Sujal Upadhyay via Advaita-l advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org
Thu Sep 25 04:02:59 CDT 2014

Can grace it be krupA (kripA)? Spokensanskrit.de has this meaning.


On Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 12:28 PM, Jaldhar H. Vyas via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> [was Re: [Advaita-l] What the solution at Bad Times]
> On Sun, 21 Sep 2014, Ravisankar Mayavaram via Advaita-l wrote:
>  The word grace is a christian term - what is that in our tradition karuNa
>> (compassion) or anugraha?
> The closest Sanskrit equivalent to "grace" is prasAda.  It is the gift of
> of love that BhagavAn bestows not as any kind of "commercial" transaction
> but purely as part of His nature.  Or Her as we remember at this time of
> year.  In our tradition we stress the purNa aspect of the supreme shakti.
> As symbolized in the ShrIchakra, starting from an infitesimal point we
> meditate on Her as She expands outwards until the entire brahmAnDa is
> filled with Her presence.  This prasAda we call mAtA because isn't our
> first memory of unconditional love from our own mothers?  As our Acharya
> says kuputro jayeta kachidapi kumAtA na bhavati.
> In the external realm as well what we offer of ourselves (niveda) is
> called prasAda because it is returned to us full of the grace of our
> iShTadevatA.
> --
> Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>

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