SV: creation of human kind
bmisra at FAS.HARVARD.EDU
Sat Dec 26 01:35:08 UTC 1998
I would think that the karma theory
emanates from Jainism and gets absorbed into
other lines of faith. Jainism bases its
doctrines on the creation and annihiliation
of Karma. Doesn't need a God to monitor it though..
Creates a scale for karma and you may measure.
Just be good and all sins are gone (in time).
(The Scientific Foundations of Jainism, K.V., Mardia,
On Fri, 25 Dec 1998, N. Ganesan wrote:
> The Vaishnava bhakti tradition of the power of God
> to cancel karma is similar the Mahayana doctrine
> where bodhisattvas cancel the karma of those suffering
> in different types of hell (cf. Har dayal, Bodhisattva
> doctrine in Buddhist sanskrit lit.)
> The ability of God's control increases after Bhakti
> assumes prominence.
> N. Ganesan
> >In Hinduism, God cannot control the law
> >of karma, yet God is still seen as all-powerful.
> Just for the record, as far as I am aware, in the Hindu tradition, God
> described as the controller of the law of karma. One reference for this
> a quote from a translation of Brahma-samhita by Bhaktisiddhanta
> Thakura of the Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition:
> "I adore the primeval Lord Govinda, who burns up to their roots all
> activities of those who are imbued with devotion and impartially ordains
> each the due enjoyment of the fruits of one's activities, for all those
> walk in the path of work, in accordance with the chain of their
> performed works, no less in the case of the tiny insect that bears the
> indragopa than in that of Indra, king of the devas" (Sri Brahma-samhita,
> verse 54).
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