[Advaita-l] pUrvajas' karma / pApa & our burden

Ramesh Nagarajan rameshnj18us at gmail.com
Wed Sep 15 08:25:29 CDT 2010

Dear Bhaskar,

Yes absolutely.  Please note I have mentioned wouldn't matter (and not
wouldn't affect the body).  Even after Self-Realization, a Brahma
Jnani still goes through his prarbdha
and affects his body.  We have seen that in the case of Ramana
Maharishi.  He had mentioned the arrow has left from the bow already
and we can't do anything about it.

Someone asked Ramana Maharishi does sarcoma (cancer) causes pain to
him.  He responded, yes it is similar to 100s of scorpions stinging at
the same time and he exclaimed, but who
is suffering from this pain? and it is not affecting me.  Thus, for a
vedanti prarbdha wouldn't matter for him, while his body continues to
go through as per his karma palah.


>>For a vedanti, these concepts wouldn't matter as prarbhda is attributed to
>>the body and to some extent to the mind.  The mind (identification and
>>association with thoughts and objects) causes our future destiny.

>Hare Krishna

>Just a digression from the main topic, perhaps you might be knowing that
>in advaita saMpradAya there is a (very) valid place for the influence of
>prArabdha karma even after self-realization!!  prArabdha karma cannot be
>eradicated even after the dawn of brahma jnAna...Even a brahma jnAni can
>act & do things (sometimes abnormally/strangely ) according to his
>'prArabdha janita' set of BMI !! But through his power of jnAna, he
>controls it within certain time gap..And this time gap depends on his
>prArabdha karma...So, I humbly believe, talking on karma & karma phala &
>its influence on various individuals etc. are very much within the scope
>of vedAntins.

>Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!

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