Bhagavad kr^pa (grace of God)

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Mon Jan 19 22:49:27 CST 1998

On Mon, 19 Jan 1998, Gummuluru Murthy wrote:

> 3. The most important role and usefulness for the concept of Ishwara is
>    in the annihilation of the ego of the jeeva [I am the doer and enjoyer
>    concept]. Again, mAya is responsible for the jeeva to think that he/she
>    is the doer. For the destruction of this concept, the concept of
>    Ishwara (whose grace is responsible for the welfare of the jeeva) is
>    required. Saguna Brahman, as the wielder of the mAya, is capable of
>    providing kr^pa (grace). On way to recognizing non-duality and the
>    sameness of Atman and Brahman, the jeeva has to have his/her ego
>    smashed and the concept of saguna Brahman (Ishwara) does that.

Shankaracharya also notes that it Ishwar who impartially provides rewards
and punishments according to the individual jivas karma.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at>

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