Compared to the ancient Vedic and Buddhist texts on the possibility of averting negative karman the discussions of karmavipāka in Mādhava’s work have moved far away. Not only is it possible to prevent the negative karman that has not yet started to work but even parts of the prārabdhakarman that manifests in people’s present life in the form of disease can be averted. By being open to the possibility of using penance also in case of present disease, Mādhava’s discussion is an example of a late development. As such it is an example showing that the process of dharmaśāstra is not as static and conservative as it is often presented, but rather – within in its own idiom – an ongoing dynamic process of adaptations and change.
|Title of host publication
|Body and Cosmos : Studies in Early Indian Medical and Astral Sciences in Honor of Kenneth G. Zysk
|Toke Lindegaard Knudsen, Jacob Schmidt-Madsen, Sara Speyer
|Place of Publication
|15. Oct 2020
|Published - 15. Oct 2020
|Sir Henry Wellcome Asian Studies