[Advaita-l] Functions of the mind
Praveen R. Bhat
bhatpraveen at gmail.com
Fri Jul 1 00:50:39 EDT 2022
I'm replying only to your query since your response without that context
would be at a tangent...
On Fri, Jul 1, 2022 at 5:42 AM KAMESWARARAO MULA <kamesh_ccmb at yahoo.co.in>
> Happy to discuss again
> with your logical analysis on the statement:
> *to show that karaNa = karma won't lead to mukti (directly)."*
> I am not clear with your saying that KaraNa Karma won't lead to mukti
First, karma and dharma are interchangeable in the context of orthodoxy.
Further, it can be seen in the Bhagavad Gita that, that karma, varNAshrama
karma, means karmayoga, which is what I meant by not leading to mukti by
the word "directly" in parenthesis earlier. However, it would be foolish
for anyone to set aside karma that directly leads to chittashuddhi, a
pre-requiste for jnAna, the latter being the direct means to mokSha. Please
refer to bhAShya on BG 3.3 for details.
> Please elaborate using sastra on this so that we have clear understanding
> on the functions of the Mind & its Transcdance.
There is no elaboration needed, I suppose. After the above clarification,
this is very fundamental in all Advaita Vedanta works: karma leads to
chittashuddhi, which makes jnAna possible, transcending mind too, resulting
in mukti. To sum up in other words, karma = pUrvamImAMsaka's varNAshrama
dharma cannot lead to mukti directly, but indirectly, done with
IshvarArpaNa-buddhi and prasAda-buddhi, karma = karmayoga causes
chittashuddhi for jnAna to arise during shravaNa, and thereby leads to
Finally, I use *only* shAstra; at least I try!
--Praveen R. Bhat
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