[Advaita-l] Punarjanma!

Vidyasankar Sundaresan svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Mon Oct 10 14:17:22 CDT 2011

> Respected Members,
> I have a question regarding "acceptance of purva janma samskaras" in
> present life, and nurturing present life towards moksha.
> The main point here is, do we need to worry about Purva Janma Samskaras, and
> use present life to eradicate and prepare for future Janma(s)( considering
> that Moksha not possible in present life itself). Or we just need to
> consider that we have one life and use it to reach god, in this case defeats
> the purpose of Janma-Karma Sambhanda. Please tell me which is a proper
> approach.

Why not look at it another way? Whether you think you have only one janma or an
infinite set of pUrva janma-s, within this current janma, you can only worry about
this current janma. It is a fallacy to think that moksha is not possible in present life
itself. If this were the case, then we could never talk of jIvanmukti. saMskAra-s
are nothing more than a shorthand descriptive mention of things we think, say and 
do, they are not prescriptive nor restrictive. 
I don't see why a question of multiple pUrva janma-s vs. single janma defeats the
place of karma and jnAna in a moksha mArga. Please elaborate.
> Secodly, regarding Jnana and Karma Sambandha. These days some organization
> claim that Jnana alone is sufficient and some say Bhakti is enough, but less
> weight-age is given to Karma equation( like Sandya, Nitya Upasana krama,
> vrata etc).

Everyone wants an easy way out and there is no dearth of organizations to provide
the semblance of one. Go with the true and tested and you won't get misguided.

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