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From: bindinganavale suresh (
Date: Fri Jun 16 2000 - 00:05:34 PDT

Dear bhagavathas,
                 I have a question regarding slokha 37
of chapter 4 of Bhagavad gita,where Lord Krishna talks
about the purifying effect of the Knowledge of the
and he says :

       yathaidhamsi samiddho 'gnir 
       bhasmasat kurute 'rjuna 
       jnanagnih sarva-karmani 
       bhasmasat kurute tatha

Meaning : Just as a well kindled or blazing fire
reduces firewood to ashes,so does the fire of
knowledge(i.e knowledge of self in the present
nullifies all karma.

Question: Logically speaking "Knowledge can nullify
ignorance as it is opposed to knowledge".But "Karma,
is understood as result or fruits of our past
How can knowledge or gnana nullify karma,which is not
opposed to the same?.At best,knowledge can enlighten
about our true nature,but how can it destroy our

I request the learned members of the list to clarify

Sri krishnaarpanamasthu
Suresh B.N.

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