Shri Shankara does not endorse the doctrine of prarabdha karma1 min read

Shri Shankara Acharya’s Vakyavritti Verse 52

“After the destruction of those actions whose fruition has not yet begun, the jivan-mukta lives on for a while, his life being maintained by the past karma which has begun to produce results.”


In this verse the traditional view of the jivan- mukta’s continued life in this world is explained on a relatively low basis for the good of aspirants in general.

The doctrine of prarabdha karma is here accepted as a working hypothesis, although in other great classics it is not mentioned.

Swami Sat-Chit- Ananda did not endorse it, nor does Shri Shankara in other of his classics.

Shri Shankara Acharya’s Vakyavritti Verse 53