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16 MAY, 2017(MAINS)

TODAYS ANSWER WRITING CHALLENGE FROM PHILOSOPHY PAPER – 2 – PART B

 

Q1. “Immortality means the absence of karma and rebirth.” Discuss. (2015/15/200 words)

 

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  • Ashish

    Immortality of the soul is necessary for properly defining law of karma. This law states that- “As you sow, so shall you reap”. It is often seen that good man suffers whereas a wicked man enjoys all the pleasures and it seems to be unjustified. But by accepting the immortality of soul, we tend to believe that our present action will bear us fruit in the future life and we are reaping fruits of our past deeds in the present life. This properly explains the law of karma.

    The term ‘resurrection’ and ‘rebirth’ are found in religious scriptures. ‘Resurrection’ is a Semitic concept, where body is regarded as essential for the soul and after death, immortality of the soul is maintained through a new resurrected body.
    ‘Rebirth’ is accepted in Indian philosophy, where independent existence of soul is accepted. Thus, immortality of soul plays an eminent role.

    Immortality is also needed to promote good deeds and discourage bad deeds and to explain previous life and rebirth. Immortality of soul does not merely mean rebirth but it means attainment of that position where all sufferings come to an end and individual escapes from the vicious cycle of birth and death i.e. attainment of liberation. Immortality of soul is pivotal to explain liberation.