[Advaita-l] Is empathy a function of ahamkara?

श्रीमल्ललितालालितः lalitaalaalitah at lalitaalaalitah.com
Tue Aug 4 14:01:42 EDT 2020

The way you understand ahaMkAra is not similar to what vedAnta uses the
So, the question may not be relevant.
But, if you insist then, yes. Any mental modification, either good or bad,
needs ahaMkAra(chijjaDagranthiH). No vyavahAra is possible without it.


On Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 11:10 PM smallpress via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> One’s own suffering can be seen as a function of ahamkara, caused by
> errors of avarna and vikshepa. What about the sadness on seeing others
> suffer, such as the recent killings of Black Americans, even children,
> innocent victims.I suppose you can call it karuna. How do we accomodate
> this feeling of empathy, sadness, karuna for the sufferings of others? And
> how do we act in providing comfort if we see their suffering also as maya.
> Thank you.Soma
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