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Tulsi Badrinath

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199465187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465187.001.0001

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The Karma Conundrum

The Karma Conundrum

Decoding the Direction of Destiny*

(p.146) 33 The Karma Conundrum
Chaturvedi Badrinath

Tulsi Badrinath

Oxford University Press

In this essay Badrinath mentions that the question of determinism versus free will has remained throughout history a central question of human life everywhere. In Indian thought, it was viewed from six different angles. Karma had held the individual so completely responsible for what he made of himself that the burden of it seemed far too much to bear alone. In the domain of karma there is neither grace nor reprieve. One is alone with one’s acts and their inevitable fruition.

Keywords:   causality, karma, fate, free will, Mahabharata, Yoga-vasishtha

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