- May 28, 2005
God and His constitution are giving information of the path desired by you and do not compel you to choose any path (Jnapakam natu karakam…Shankara). The Railway authorities prepare the Railway guide. It gives the route to Bombay and other cities. It does not create desire in your mind to go to Bombay. If you desire to go to Bombay, it explains the route and it does not insist you to take up the journey to Bombay. Neither the guide nor the authorities are responsible for your benefit or loss in Bombay. Shankara argued with the Purvamimamsakas, who said that one should perform the sacrifice to reach the heaven. Shankara said that Veda is like the guide and God is like the authority in the above simile.