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Bhagavadgita
Kulapati' s preface

Preface

Introductory

The Soul

Karma

God And Nature

Right Action

The Practice Of Mind-Control

Meditation

Inherited Propensities

Hope For All

Godlessness

Ideal-Austerities-Food

Surrender And Grace

The Oneness Of Existence

Advaita And Gita-Discipline

Seeing God

Conclusion

The Author
Major Sections
Books By Rajaji
Ramayana Mahabharata

Bhagavad Gita

Bhaja Govindam

Kural

Upanishads

Hinduism Doctrine And Way Of Living

KARMA

THE relationship of the individual Soul to the Supreme Spirit on the one hand and to the material body on the other is to be gathered from the verses taken up for study now. The Supreme Spirit may be said to dwell within the individual Soul and to irradiate it as even the latter dwells within and illumines the material body. We read in the previous chapter that the Soul successively takes various visible forms and "becomes" man, bird, beast or plant. The Supreme Spirit may be said similarly to "become" or "transform" itself into numerous souls at the same time.

The individual Soul may also be looked upon as a fragment of the Universal Spirit, but the transcendental nature of the original is such that fragmentation does not affect its integrity.  Further attempts at exact definition of the relationship of the individual Soul to the Supreme Spirit will take us into the learned controversies of Dwaita, Adwaita and Visishtadvaita philosophies. Bhagavad-Gita does not discuss this question but, like the Upanishads, lends itself as authority to all these schools of thought. All the three schools accept the doctrine of Karma, the law that governs the individual Soul.

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