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Karma - The Mechanism: Tattvarthasutra 6.16

Published: 10.08.2014

Maya tairyagyonasya (16)

Deceiving and misleading others attracts karma that leads to birth(s) in the world of animals and plants. (16)

  • Misleading others about our real motives, imparting false information (deceit) and the desire for cheating
  • teaching religious beliefs we are not convinced of (any more)
  • altering religious teachings to suit egoistic motives and propagating these altered teachings
  • the lack of honest behavior and decency
  • a regretful attitude at our time of death

attracts karma that leads to birth(s) in bodies without the faculty of mind - i.e. in bodies of animals and plants.

The purpose of the mind (manas) is to understand and communicate how to reach freedom from karmic limitations. The intentional misuse of the mind to deceive others causes a basic malfunctioning of the mechanisms governing this sense-organ.

Since any physical organ 'withers' if we do not exercise its proper purpose, so also the mind 'withers' if we do not use its originally intended function. Yet if we do not activate our mind's intended function, we become incapable of binding the (positive) karma that will support the development of a mind in our next body. Therefore - once we leave our present body - because of the missing 'mind-building' karma - only a birth in bodies without mind[27] becomes possible.


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Title: Karma - The Mechanism

Publisher: Crosswind Publishing

Edition: 2000

HN4U Edition: 2014

'The purpose of souls is to assist each other.'
TATTVARTHASUTRA - Chapter 5, Sutra 21

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