[Advaita-l] On the need for the jivanmukta to "act"

Praveen R. Bhat bhatpraveen at gmail.com
Mon Mar 18 13:22:46 EDT 2019

Namaste Akileshji,

On Thu, Feb 7, 2019 at 12:20 PM Akilesh Ayyar via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> The real question is what the meaning of the "should" in these cases is.
> Perhaps it is simply this: that the jivanmukta *should* be active in the
> sense that his/her vasanas dictate that they *will* be active. The "laws"
> of the universe simply compel them into this. It is not a question of
> morality. They are the robots of BG 18:61.
I'm sure you have got some great answers to your satisfaction. To me,
prArabdha of the
sharIra(s) is sufficient answer be it for lokasaMgraha or not. However, I
just want to focus
on the word "should" that you bring up here which ties in nicely with your
subject-line word

Prior to rise of knowledge, even laT lakAra verbs are interpreted as
vidhili~N/ loT (injunction).
After the rise of knowledge, even li~N/loT verbs are interpreted as laT
(non-injunction). In
other words, there is no need for a jnAnI to do anything. jnAni's karma is

Kind rgds,
--Praveen R. Bhat
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