Karman, Prāyaścitta, and Disease: A Reading of the Karmavipāka Digression in Mādhavācārya’s Parāśaramādhavīya

Mikael Aktor

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBody and Cosmos : Studies in Early Indian Medical and Astral Sciences in Honor of Kenneth G. Zysk
EditorsToke Lindegaard Knudsen, Jacob Schmidt-Madsen, Sara Speyer
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherBrill
Publication date15. Oct 2020
Pages166-183
Chapter9
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-43669-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-43822-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15. Oct 2020
SeriesSir Henry Wellcome Asian Studies
Volume20
ISSN1570-1484

Keywords

  • Disease
  • Karman
  • Prāyaścitta
  • Parāśaramādhavīya

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