[Advaita-l] Budha & Advaita

murali mohan murali_mohan at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 4 09:11:10 CST 2006

Karma phalas no longer affect a person who has gone beyond the mind.
  Karma Kanda rituals is only for beginners in the path. Cannot and need not be followed by advanced seekers as expoused in Gita itself. Nor feasible in Kaliyuga esp with shortage of time and money.
Animal sacrifices were performed by tribals and the like who anyway wanted to eat meat so were made to sanctify the meat by offering it to their deity first. It was just a method to get them to consume it as prasad so as to maybe lessen the sin and to gradually drag them away from the tendency.
  By ignorant persons I meant those who do rituals for rituals sake without trying to understand the significance of it.
  Prasad Ramamurthy Kadambi <kaupeenavanta at gmail.com> wrote:

On 1/4/06, murali mohan wrote:
. When one reaches Shoonya going beyond the mind then experience of Brahman
comes by default.

If it is so, then Shankara would have spoken on it. I think it would be
difficult to accept the concept of shoonya as we have the karma phalas to be
taken along with us even when we leave this world.

Budha generally avoided talking about things that cannot be described by

How can we conclude ?

Also the ritualistic portion of Vedas such as in Karma Kanda were meant
> only for Karma Yogis and were never considered compulsory for evolution as
> there are other paths such as for example Bhakti marg, direct enquiry method
> of Ramana Maharshi etc which also leads to the experience of the divine.
> Karma Kanda was prescribed for those interested in material benefits,
> generally for the gross people.

I don't know on what basis you say this. Because Kalpa the manual of rituals
is not written for a particular person. As far as I know except sannyasins
all other ashrams should conduct the rituals according to shruthi's and

I don't think Shankara ever advocated or supported animal sacrifies - I
> think it was he who clarified that what was meant by animal sacrifices in
> Karma Kanda was the killing of one's own animal instincts. Vedas are highly
> cryptic and symbolical and cannot be taken for word meaning and had to be
> interpreted correctly by sages like Shankara. Does anyone know whether
> physical animal sacrifices were ever sanctified in our scriptures?

*Yes* as far as i know it is Sanctified. But acharya's like madhwa has told
that we can use other materials as a substitute and it is also said that
animal sacrifice is vyarjya in kali yug.

If some ignorant people degrade worship to their level of understanding the
> scriptures cannot be made responsible for it.

*Sorry* I did not get to whom you are referring here.


Prasad Kadambi

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