Bhagavad kr^pa (grace of God)
WIKNER at NACDH4.NAC.AC.ZA
Tue Jan 13 01:11:08 CST 1998
On Mon, 12 Jan 1998, Gummuluru Murthy wrote:
> 1. We all know bhagavad kr^pa (whatever that parameter) is the same toward
> all jeevas. If not, that is not God (as Shri Sadananda said). Yet, the
> karma concept says that depending on jeeva's past actions, the jeeva's
> future lives and actions are determined. This, I would assume, in spite
> of the bhagavad kr^pa toward all jeevas ? Does it mean that the jeeva's
> past action has a stronger impact than bhagavad kr^pa ? Can it be
> possible ? Isn't there a contradiction negating the sameness of
> bhagavad kr^pa ? The explanation, that we are seeing different jeevas
> at various stages of their spiritual evolution, and bhagavad kr^pa is
> the same for all, does not hold either. Thus, the only explanation is
> that the duality we see, and the whole (concepts of karma, and
> bhagavad kr^pa) all belong in the realm of mAya. Anyone, care to
> comment ?
A thought that came to mind: what if you change the point of view
and consider that karma IS bhagavad kr^pa? Bhagavad is then like
an indulgent parent and we the spoilt children. He will give you
whatever you desire, but you have to take everything that goes with
it. As a simple illustration, if you want children, then you must
accept twenty years of responsibility as a parent; similarly, if you
want wisdom, then you must give up ignorance.
What if you view karma as a gift, an opportunity, and not a punishment?
Just a thought.
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