Does Purusha will?

Vishal Agarwal vishalagarwal at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu May 13 22:54:50 UTC 1999

In all the standard commentaries of the Samkhya Karikas, the following
quotation from the Shashtitantra of Panchashikha is made "Purusadhisthitam
pradhanam pravarttate". So perhaps, according to older Samhkhya teachers,
the Purusa did will in some way.



----Original Message Follows----
From: Chris Beetle <bvi at AFN.ORG>
Subject: Re: Does Purusha will?
Date: Thu, 13 May 1999 10:41:25 -0400

Some practical thoughts on Purusha and will:

1) Regarding the purusha as the individual soul (jiva)

It seems to me that the system of karmic rewards and punishments would be
meaningless if the purusha had no will.

Also Krishna's requests in Bhagavad-gita that Arjuna act in a certain way,
i.e. as in verse 2.45 that Arjuna transcend the modes of material nature or
in verse 18.66 that Arjuna surrender to Him, would be meaningless unless
Arjuna could choose to act in those ways.

2) Regarding the Purusha as the Supreme Soul (isvara)

This entire cosmic manifestation has come about by His will, need I say

Best wishes,

Chris Beetle

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