Sutras 16 through 22 of Book Two of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Sutra 2:16. The misery which is not yet come can and is to be avoided.
This is an extremely important sutra because it is implying that all karma can be expunged and never experienced in the future.
This is in complete consonance with the view of Shankara that the liberated person (jivanmukta) has absolutely no karma, that so-called prarabdha karma–karma that has become activated and begun to manifest and bear fruit in this life, karmic “seeds” that have begun to “sprout”–ceases to exist for the liberated.
The present majority view in India is just the opposite, mostly to cover up for the obvious fact that the supposedly enlightened and liberated gurus and yogis of modern times are completely under the sway of karma. So the dogma of the ineradicability of prarabdha is being promulgated. (Two other dodges of reality are “it is just a lila” or “guru is taking on the karma of others.”) Continue reading…