An Introduction To Jainism: [17] 8. Bandha

Published: 12.12.2008
Updated: 12.12.2008

As oil and sesamum seed, ghee and milk, metal and ore are inter-bound, so the inter-bond between jīva and karma is called bandha.

1

Question:

Is there any beginning of jīva and karma?

Answer:

No, because they were never created.

2

Question:

Is it right to say that jīva came into existence first and karma afterwise?

Answer:

No, because jīva cannot exist without karma in the worldly existence, and one does not return to the worldly existence after attaining salvation.

3

Question:

Is it right to say that Karma came into being first and jīva afterwise?

Answer:

No, because some one has to indulge in action to give birth to the karma and if there is no jīva, who will be the creator of karma?

4

Question:

Is it possible that worldly jīva can remain devoid of karma?

Answer:

No, because if worldly jīva is devoid of karma, then no action like that of binding karma or eliminating it through penance would be possible.

5

Question:

When did jīva and karma started interacting?

Answer:

Neither of them was before or after. Karma and jīva are interacting since time immemorial.

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