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The Body Belongs to Isvara
Rene: Dearest Sundari, I’m really struggling with understanding how Vedanta explains poor health (of course, this was spurred by Ram’s heart condition). Is it correct to say that health is a result of karma which produces vasanas? Ram has said that one one attains moksa, it cancels karma and burns out the vasanas, correct? If so, how could Ram be sick? No hurry with an answer. Love you so much. Hang in there.
~ Much love, Rene
Sundari: Hello, Rene. Yes, you are correct, health is a result of karma, but the body belongs to Isvara, not to the jiva or to awareness. Health or illness are the result of prarabdha karma and therefore like everything else come from Isvara. You are superimposing what belongs to Isvara on the jiva; you are thinking like a jiva, not as awareness.
Isvara srsti remains unchanged regardless of whether one is “enlightened” or not, which means that karma plays out endlessly. The karma does not come to you when you know you are awareness and nothing touches you because you are not the body. The karma comes to the body so the body will still get old, sick and die. As a jivanmukta you will not identify with illness even though the body has no choice but to endure it.
~ Much love to you from both of us, Sundari