[Advaita-l] Is empathy a function of ahamkara?
smallpress at ymail.com
Wed Aug 5 10:38:32 EDT 2020
On Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 10:33:55 AM EDT, smallpress <smallpress at ymail.com> wrote:
Why are you unable to define what your understanding is and your source? It is possible due to your ahamkara that you have lost perception?Namashivaya. On Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 08:38:58 AM EDT, श्रीमल्ललितालालितः <lalitaalaalitah at lalitaalaalitah.com> wrote:
If a person is asking whether empathy is a function of ahaMkAra, then it just means that he lacks a clear understanding of the concept of ahaMkAra.Now, if he claims that his idea of ahaMkAra is based on some vedAnta work, then the lack of understanding can be attributed to many factors, like the work may not explain the idea enough to make its implications clear, or the translation/teacher is ignorant of the same, etc, or the student is incapable.
On Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 5:33 PM smallpress <smallpress at ymail.com> wrote:
Thank you for your response.My understanding of ahamkara is from the study of Drk Drishya Viveka. May i know why you do not consider it as Vedanta? And can you elaborate on what you believe it is.Om NamashivayaSoma
On Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 02:02:39 PM EDT, श्रीमल्ललितालालितः via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
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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