Friday, January 20, 2006

IV 8

Vaasanaam = vaasanaa - smell
Rama - Valmiki
vipaakaa = habit - Sanskrit: to cook
Our impressions take over
Wise people sometimes turn evil

Ramanuja believed that all examples about God must be appropriate

Kapyaasam - description of Supreme by Upanishads

Kapi - monkey
yasam - back of the monkey (red in color)
The Heart of the Lord looks like the back of the Monkey

Hearing his teacher describe the monkey thus - greatly upset Ramanuja

Ka - water
Pyasaam - one who drinks the water, the sun drinks the water
Lotus Flower has red portion
The Lotus Flower drinks the water
So Ramanuja compared God to the Lotus flower - a thing of great beauty

Our response is based on our conditioning
All beings attached to some benefit
Extraordinary beings are an exception to this

ACTION
RESULT
CONSEQUENCE
IMPRESSION

Even though good intention might be in someone - when a threat comes - the vasanas take over in spite of us. This is the natural human tendency.

KARMA - ACTION (pramana / viparaya)
KLESA - RESULT
VIPAKA - CONSEQUENCE
ASAYA - IMPRESSION

There are good and bad vasanas.

Certain things are forgotten. Certain thing leave a very strong impression. Such things are not easy to change without very great effort.

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