Will in Sanskrit

Dominik Wujastyk ucgadkw at UCL.AC.UK
Fri May 9 15:24:08 UTC 2008

And the other end of the spectrum from a "gu.na of the aatman", we have 
such behaviourist expressions as "chandata.h kriyaa" (Caraka "saa.1.140), 
"doing whatever one wishes".

Or again, Su"sruta ci.29.19:

  carati amoghasa.mkalpo devavac caakhila.m jagat/

  He travels the whole world with infallible will(power), like a god.

which Cakra glosses as "anivaaryasa.mkalpa.h", suggesting that sa.mkalpa 
didn't need explanation.

Prof. Dominik Wujastyk
Visiting Associate Professor (Spring Semester '08)
Department of Asian Studies
University of Texas at Austin

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