Advaita Vedanta : A Philosophical Reconstruction by Eliot Deutsch

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14 But karma is not justified by this prama1Ja, for it does not fulfill the requirement of uniqueness. , divine predestination or naturalistic hereditary factors) have been put forward and have been capable of generating strong belief. Karma is thus not established by arthiipatti: it is not the only way by which inequalities can be made intelligible. " It refers in general to the validity of one's accepting as true that information that one receives from a "reliable" person or expert. In Advaita, the term sabda is used primarily with respect to sruti, the Verlie scripture, and more specifically, to what is said in certain passages of the Upani:;;ads.

1 Coarse and fine, many in number, The embodied one chooses forms according to his own qualities. 2 According to the doctrine of karma, everyone-as a jiva in bondage to the world-is conditioned and determined by his conduct, as this is enacted over a period of innumerable births, deaths, and rebirths. Every deed that one performs has its effect in the world and forms within the doer a sarhskara or vasana (tendency) that becomes the basis for his future deeds. Karrna is thus a "law" that sets forth the relation that obtains between one's action as a jiva and one's state of being.

One can violate all the rules of spatial-temp oral relationships that hold between empirical objects when one is in the dream state; and one can readily "transpose" one's emotional relations to these objects from one kind of past experience to another. But because one is involved in one's dream as well as being a witness to it, one is committing a fundamental mis-identific ation of oneself with the contents of one's quasi-liberat ed consciousness. These contents are called subtle elements (tanmatras): not only are they less gross than the objects of waking consciousness, but they also subtlely influence the whole fabric of waking consciousness, constituting as they do the material out of which so much of "personality " is formed.

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