[Advaita-l] Nitya Karma question

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Tue Oct 4 04:54:10 CDT 2011

On Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 9:38 AM, Kathirasan K <brahmasatyam at gmail.com> wrote:

> Namaste ji,
> KK: Why is there a compulsion to confine the above reference to 'karma' as
> nitya karma exclusively? Why can't it be generally seen as it encompassing
> all karmas including kamya karmas? Shankara mentions generally 'karmas such
> as the agnihotra' for the above quotation of yours. (see Brhadaranyaka
> Upanishad bhashya 1.5.16).

The seemingly 'confusing' mantras of the Isha.Up. on 'andham tamas' ,
especially mantra no.9 and 10, deal with the above and the bhashya is worth


>   The non-performance of nitya karma will allow the pratyavaya to manifest.
> Therefore, the non-performance DOES no harm. However, we can take the view
> that the non performance does harm PASSIVELY in that it does
> not mitigate the manifestation of pratyavaya.

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